2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: It Won't Start, Part 1
January 30, 2014
This is our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65, parked on pit row at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. We had just completed a series of routine performance tests. The same tests we do on all long-term cars. And our CL65 did great.
We parked the car and came back about 20 minutes later. When we turned the key this time the CL65 wouldn't quite start. Instead, it shuddered violently. We shut it down. Then this happened (take the jump for video)...
The Mercedes would only crank. We gave it 5, 10, 15 minutes and the results were the same. Stranded again.
We called roadside assistance and arranged to have the car towed to the dealer. The operator politely asked, "Where is the vehicle located?" We laughed and told him it was at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. He continued, "In a parking structure, or parking lot?" We explained that the car was on pit row. "I haven't had one of these before," he laughed. Thirty minutes later the truck arrived and our car was en route to service.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 60,035 miles