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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Something's Leaking

March 12, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

It was only the second time I drove our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. Not 10 minutes after I got to my desk, somebody stopped by to tell me something was leaking from it in our parking garage. At this point I've taken to calling it the Silver Plague.

I went down to the garage and yes, it was certainly leaking some green fluid from the driver side front corner. My assumption was coolant.

I popped the hood to see what was going on and I found a fine spray of the green stuff all over that corner of the engine bay and hood. Ugh. Here we go again. After a little discussion, I drove it over to our local dealer service center.

As it turns out, there's no coolant reservoir in that corner, and the Mercedes hydraulic fluid is green, not red. I'll give you one guess what the problem is.

Stay tuned for the prognosis and cost.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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By zimtheinvader
on 03/12/14
8:28 AM PST

"At this point I've taken to calling it the Silver Plague. " So far it seems to be living up to the reputation of a high dollar MB out of warranty. I guess there is a reason for the massive depreciation.

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By stovt001
on 03/12/14
11:32 AM PST

How appropriate that the hydraulic fluid is the color of money.

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By kirkhilles
on 03/12/14
8:54 AM PST

I'm sure it'll be "just" a grand. Maybe two.

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