2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Double-Pane Window Glass
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.
Like many other Edmunds employees, I'm used to waving my parking pass around until the gate to our garage notices it and raises the gate. Some cars (like our Tesla Model S) have windshields that block the card reader, so you have to use the side window instead. The CL65 however, doesn't let any signals in or out from the front or side windows.
As a result, I have to roll down the window on the CL65 and wave my parking pass around outside the car. The same is true with my garage door opener at home. Unless I roll down the window, the garage door stays closed. It's a bit annoying when you've just had the car washed (I've taken to just opening the door to avoid a streaky driver window), and I probably look silly flailing my arm about outside the car, but it's really a small price to pay for a very serene city commute.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor