2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: B-Service
July 15, 2014
With the frequent unexpected problems that arise in our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, it's nice to see our big coupe at the dealer for a normally scheduled service for once. We showed up at our local Mercedes-Benz dealership for the CL's B-Service.
We met our service advisor and explained what we needed. We also wanted repair estimates for the trunk (which closes quicker than it should) and a whirring noise that manifested a few days earlier.
We were given a list of add-on services but we stuck with the most basic one that matched the items listed in our owner's manual. Even so, a rogue fuel injector cleaning service snuck its way onto our invoice, and we requested that it be removed. Rear differential fluid replacement was also recommended. The manual encourages this service every 40,000 miles, but we felt it was worth replacing. We didn't know the CL's complete service record and decided to err on the side of caution with our accident-prone old-timer.
The B-Service amounted to little more than an oil change, air filter replacement, and various inspections that totaled a spit-take-inducing $488.99. The diff service added another $117.45.
The next day we received a call from our advisor, who was ready with quotes for the repairs. Replacement trunk struts carry a price tag of around $400. A sound dampener would be another $800. We deemed both to be nonessential repairs, so we held off fixing the problems for now.
Total cost for B-Service and differential service: $629.67
Days out of service: 1
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 64,901 miles