White Glove Treatment - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: White Glove Treatment

March 20, 2014

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Exploring our long-term 2005 Mercedes CL65 AMG is like going on a treasure hunt. Everywhere you turn there's some nice little touch to pamper you.

After reading about the fast-closing trunk, I had to see it for myself. Lifting the richly carpeted trunk liner I wanted to see what kind of a spare tire it packed, since a fifth wheel is becoming an endangered species.

I was treated to the sight of white gloves (never used) to protect your hands while changing a flat tire. The designers thought of everything.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 60,943 miles


  • ca135 ca135 Posts:

    Do you think anyone who would wear white gloves while changing their tire would actually know how to change their tire?

  • chunky_mike chunky_mike Posts:

    except perhaps of how to design that doesn't break down repeatedly after only 8 years on the road. :T

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    A fifth wheel (full size or donut) is always a better, safer and cheaper alternative than run-flat tires anywhere anytime.

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    I see this car as a spoiled little brat like Alicia Silverstone's character on Clueless. "Oh, as if!!" :)

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    This is a nice touch.

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    you meant sight, not site. sorry, pet peeve of mine.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Actually, you spend $180,000 for the white gloves and get a rapidly depreciating, expensive to maintain vehicle in the process. What a deal!

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Doesn't this come with many Euro vehicles? Since it's mandated, you typically get a cone and a vest if you buy a car in Germany.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @duck87: Yes sir. In some EU countries, a vehicle has to have reflective vests and triangles aboard to be compliant/road legal. You'll also see many vehicles that come with fire extinguishers which, although not usually required, is actually a really good

  • mieden mieden Posts:

    Hate to be a nag, but those $100 trunk struts you need are going to ruin your $400 trunk-latch-actuator, which will cause a "run to timeout" of the PSE pump every time you lock/unlock the doors. A couple weeks of pump timeouts will burn up the $700 pump and leave you with no central locking, no rear headrests and a picky alarm. Then you'll blame the car, when you only needed $100 trunk struts...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    +1 mieden You guys might want to actually listen to this guy he was dead on with the ABC system going.

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