November 25, 2014
It never seems to drop below 74 degrees in southern California and I'm prone to break a sweat at around 65. As a result, I'm constantly maxing out the air conditioning in our long-term cars. And while our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG is nearly a decade old, the air conditioning still blows cold. Really cold.
September 8, 2014
One should never underestimate the sheer size of California. Oregon may be a neighboring state, but from my house in Los Angeles, it's a 660-mile journey that takes at least 10 hours. And that's just to get to the border.
In other words, my wife and I were going to be in the car for a long time. Well, as long as it kept running, which when it comes to the 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, was not a foregone conclusion.
July 11, 2014
One of the reasons NOT to buy a used 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG is Active Body Control. It is a common and expensive source of problems with the car, and we've already experienced a few thus far in our short time owning our CL.
However, before you bemoan ABC's unreliability and laugh at us for making such a foolhardy used car buying decision, allow me to offer a retort: ABC is wildly sophisticated and thoroughly impressive.
May 22, 2014
It's interesting to have our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG in the Edmunds' long-term fleet. This was Mercedes' flagship coupe back in the day and packed the best and most advanced stuff from the company's arsenal. Obviously, a lot of technology used here seems pretty mundane nearly ten years later. But from a design standpoint there are still a lot of cool touches.
The CL's door hinges are a great example. Mercedes could have just used regular door hinges. But because the CL's doors are notably long and heavy, a regular opening door wasn't good enough for Mercedes' engineers, it seems. Instead, they came up with a specialized double-action hinge.
May 15, 2014
At 3:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning I was wide awake and eating breakfast. My friend (and fellow Edmunds.com employee) Megan was already on her way to meet me. We were running a half-marathon that day and the gun at the start line was set to go off at 6:15 a.m.
A few days earlier, I had snagged the keys to our long-term 2005 Mercedes Benz CL65 AMG, with fond memories of the seats. I remembered they had more padding than a king-size mattress and although I hadn't used it before, some sort of massage function. Sounds perfect right? Not exactly.
March 26, 2014
In the past I've been doubtful about our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. I've wondered why James Riswick and Mike Magrath were so excited to get one. I've thought, "It's a big, old, silver Mercedes. What's appealing or unique about that? Can't we just get another NSX?" And when I have had the chance to drive our CL65, it has been on short commutes tarnished by the soul-crushing rush-hour traffic in West Los Angeles.
It's not an ideal environment for a fair evaluation, but on a seemingly mundane Tuesday evening, my mind was completely changed about this car, all because of the CD player.
March 17, 2014
Our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG's cabin is extremely quiet. Regardless of highway speed or bustling city noise, there is almost no impact on the interior. The radio can be played at a lower volume, conversations can be heard easily and commutes are less grating as a result. The double-pane glass used for the windows is partly to thank for this, but it also has an unintended consequence.
January 8, 2014
It's become an annual tradition that my wife and I take a post-Christmas road trip. Two years ago it was the long-term Mustang GT to Atascadero, Calif., and last year it was the long-term VW Beetle Turbo to Hearst Castle. This year we went way bigger on all fronts: Grand Canyon via Las Vegas in our new/old 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG.
December 26, 2013
This might be my current favorite long-term test car. I only drove it one night so far but I'm smitten.