2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Girlfriends Just Don't Understand
April 22, 2014
The girl who lives in my house doesn't quite understand our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG or why I love it.
The girl and I carpool most of the time. We work about a mile apart and, with a commute that can last an hour, it's nice to have some company to keep me from going crazy. We've been at this a while, and she's got a good eye for test cars. Still, when I picked her up in the CL, she walked by it half a dozen times before getting wise to the scene. I laughed. She asked what I did with the corpse of the old man I'd carjacked this thing from.
But the jabs didn't stop there. The outdated buttonry, tiny nav screen with pixelated everything and the less-than-fresh outside design all got skewered on that first drive home and it hasn't stopped.
A ride up PCH with the sun setting and the windows down didn't do it. (She doesn't get the pillarless thing. "I don't look backwards, why should I care?") My resurrection of an old Caselogic CD binder didn't do it. Even the frequent application of all 604 hp hasn't had an effect. To her, the CL65 isn't a six-figure super cruiser at a bargain price, it's just another old Mercedes that isn't old enough to be really cool.
From the second I picked up our CL65 in Reno, I've been considering buying this thing for myself when the test is up. After this, I still am. I love this thing.
Mike Magrath (@Mike_Magrath), Features Editor