2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: 15,000 Miles
December 24, 2014
Before I worked here, I followed our old long-term Ferrari 308. You remember, the thing that started this whole "I could buy a reasonable car, or this crazy used sports car for the same price!" deal. I loved the idea and when I got on board, I vowed to do anything I could to support it and to add a used AMG to the fleet. In December of 2013, six years (and some really awesome used long-termers) later, we finally got a 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG.
Now, one year and 8 days after Takahashi and I raced a snow storm out of Reno, we recorded our 15,000th mile behind the wheel. That's 3,000 more than our "Everyday Supercar" NSX and only about 4,000 behind our CLA250 which was new and had satellite radio and never leaked green stuff on anyone's anything.
Clearly, a celebration was in order.
I knew the milestone was coming so I went for a car ride and planned ahead. I was only about 100 miles short when I hopped in the car so I made sure I'd clear the distance and be on PCH with all of the windows down and the sunroof open when it happened. And yeah, I bought a cake. For a car. You haven't? Guess you're not a real car guy...
At the last milestone, we'd racked up $5,992.41 in maintenance costs and now, 5,000 miles later, we've recorded $5,992.41 in maintenance costs. That brings our cost per mile (excluding the cost of fuel, the car and the inevitable plummet in resale value) from $0.59 to $0.39.
After fixing the stuff we expected to fix, the Merc's been rolling along nicely, confirming exactly why we thought this V12 coupe was so special to begin with. And now it's time to sell it.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 71,413 miles