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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Who Needs B Pillars?

June 23, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

I'm not really a convertible person, primarily because I don't like the sun unrelentingly blaring down on me. It's the same reason I dislike sunbathing or day baseball. Also, the state of Arizona.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Floppy Floor Mats

June 9, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

This is the trunk of our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. Those are the floor mats to the CL65. I'm not sure who put them there, but I think I know why...

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: No Interior Rattles or Squeaks

May 26, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

After approximately nine years and 60,000 miles of use, the interior of our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG still looks great and is holding up well.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Seat Comfort

May 15, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

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.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Complex Cupholders

April 29, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

When cupholders do their job, you'll never give them a second thought. But perhaps too much thought was given when Mercedes-Benz designed the cupholders on our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. They are needlessly complex and aren't very good at holding anything larger than a can of soda.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Girlfriends Just Don't Understand

April 22, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

The girl who lives in my house doesn't quite understand our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG or why I love it.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Pillarless Coupe

March 24, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Pillarless coupes like our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG are a rare breed these days. In most cars, the B-pillar supports the structure of the car in side impacts. Since the CL doesn't have one, it makes up for this with a reinforced C-pillar.

Ditching the B-pillar makes for a very open-feeling cabin. Since there is no metal getting in the way, you can more easily see cars in what would have been your blind spot. This is one of my favorite features of the CL65.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Double-Pane Window Glass

March 17, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

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.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Interior Tour Video

February 18, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Click through for a video tour of our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Mystery Instrument Panel Buzz

January 20, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG is fantastic on the highway. Its super-quiet cabin probably makes it a fantastic trip for long road trips. On a recent freeway journey though, the CL65 revealed what would appear to be our first issue.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Smooth

December 26, 2013

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

This might be my current favorite long-term test car. I only drove it one night so far but I'm smitten.

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