2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: It Won't Start, Part 2

January 31, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

We towed our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 to Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz in Newport Beach after it left us stranded. "I called to tell you that we received your car," started our advisor. "I walked up to check it out and the car fired right up. There was a stored misfire fault code, but no check engine light." We discussed our potential next steps...

There weren't many options. We decided to leave the car overnight to see if the dealer could get it to fail again. No luck. This will have to be something we monitor. Maybe it will never happen again. Wishful thinking is okay, right? While the CL65 was in for this service, we also asked to have an unusual dashboard clicking noise investigated.


The noise happens while the car is on and right after it goes off. Our dealer tied this chirp to the aspirator motor behind the air conditioning push-button display. "It sounds like the fan inside is starting to go out. It could still last a long time, though," our advisor explained. He added, "The part alone is $1,018. We can't replace the motor only. The whole push-button display has to come out with it. With labor your total is $1,275. If you'd like to have the work done, give me a call."

That idea to turn up the radio and drown out the noise sounds much more cost effective now. I think we'll do that for awhile.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 60,035 miles

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By gslippy
on 01/31/14
11:12 AM PST

Engineered like no other car in the world.

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By reminder
on 01/31/14
2:49 PM PST

Pouring money down a rat hole.

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By camrydriver69
on 01/31/14
3:55 PM PST

The best part is, it's only 60k miles, there more fun to come!

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