Plate Light Out - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Plate Light Out

April 9, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

One of the lights illuminating our license plate is out and our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG was nice enough to not only let us know, but let us know which one.

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Confirmed. It's out.

This is probably the easiest thing to fix on the CL, so we're going to go ahead and strap on our overalls and do this one ourselves. Will report back when that gets done.

Also, we'll have to make sure whoever changes the bulb rips that license plate frame off, too.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 61,753 miles


  • mdm080333 mdm080333 Posts:

    For a bit of humor, would you please ask the service writer for a quote?

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I'm sure the dealership would've ONLY charged $500 to replace that... Pretty cool function, though on the minder. Why is it that a 10 year old car knows when a bulb is out but not on any modern vehicles?

  • 330i_zhp 330i_zhp Posts:

    If only all diagnostics were so easy...

  • ocramidajzj ocramidajzj Posts:

    I like this feature on my VW. On my previous cars I had to rely on someone telling me or getting pinged at the yearly inspection. Checking switched illumination was easy. Just turn them on and look. But brake lights are harder unless you back up to a reflective surface or enlist someone to look while you press the brake.

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    "Why is it that a 10 year old car knows when a bulb is out but not on any modern vehicles?" Probably other manufacturers are sweating silly stuff, like making hydraulic systems that don't continually fail, instead of the big stuff like this. Also, many high-end cars now have LED tag lights and it'll be quite a while before a light goes out, probably on the 2nd owner.

  • Something is wrong with this car? Shocking!! I now look for these posts to see the latest malady and how long Edmunds will put up with it all. Seriously, though, on a 10 year old car, this is nothing.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    You need the service department to remove the license plate frame? Do you know what a phillips-head screwdriver looks like?

  • Just drop into any MB dealer and they'll do it on the spot for free (bulb and labour). In my last two MBs, they did just that.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    My 2011 GTI can tell me if any bulb is out and if my front brake pads are worn down, and my 2000 Passat could tell me those things also, but my wife's 2007 Sienna Limited (just under $39k in 2007) doesn't tell us anything about bulbs being out or brake pads wearing out. This is one thing the Germans definitely do better than the Japanese.

  • jinxed13 jinxed13 Posts:

    Why don't more cars have this feature? My '02 Avalon let me know when I had a burned out tail light. Also please change them both lights so we don't have to revisit this issue next month.

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