10,000 Miles - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: 10,000 Miles

September 4, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

In mid-December, we bought our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. Nine months later, we hit 10,000 miles.

With our new cars, we do everything in our power to hit 20,000 miles within a year. With our fun ones, things like maintenance and general levels of comfort usually keep us from hitting this mark, but we try. Our Acura NSX got 12,000. Our beloved, dearly missed 2002 Corvette Z06 hit 18,000. Even our museum piece Buick Grand National hit 10,000. So we needed to clear SOME milestone with the most powerful car we've ever had in the long-term fleet. We bought it with 56,413 miles and have had 66,413 burned into our brains ever since. We had to hit that.

Cue James Riswick taking a road trip to Oregon.

Cue the fanfare.

What did it take for us to hit this mark? Money. How much?

In the first 9 years of its life our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG averaged 6,222.2 miles per year. Just about 120 miles per week. Or just about 17 miles per day if we (wrongly) assume this was ever someone's only car/daily driver. To say we're on an enhanced duty cycle is an understatement. Combine that with this car's current mileage (right in the zone where things traditionally go wrong on this car) and the CL65's limited-production parts and insane packaging, we didn't expect it to be cheap. And the good news is that it isn't!

High Pressure
ABC Hose

$1,217.75

2.00

ABC Failure

$1,141.27

7.00

Rear license plate Light

$5.96

0

Dead Battery

$267.32

1

B-Service 
(oil change, air filter, rear differential service)

$629.67

1

New Rear Tire

$331

0

Multiple cylinder misfires. New coil pack.

$2,199

12

Tow hook cover

$130.00

0

Do the math and that adds up to $5,922.41. That column on the far right? That one is days out of service for maintenance issues. Total there are 23.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 66,413 miles


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