2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Misaligned Trunk Lid
December 15, 2014
Several pieces on our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG are showing their age. I noticed the pitted windshield first, then as my mother was admiring the CL's unbroken window line, I spotted the quarter-inch panel gap on the trunk lid. I opened and closed the trunk a few times, checking for obstructions, finding none and hoping that the panel gap was an anomaly. Even after several open-shut-open repetitions, the gap remained. "Ruh roh," I thought out loud, "this is gonna be 'spensive."
We already know that our CL65's trunk lid opens and closes with lightning speed, thanks to the hydraulics (i.e. witchcraft/magic) under the lid. We also know just how expensive it can be to repair the complicated hydraulic systems on this decade-old Merc. With those things in mind, I planned on investigating the panel gap myself and seeing if there was some adjustment I could tinker with myself to get the trunk lid aligned correctly.
I grabbed my tools and camera, headed for the garage to do some wrenching. Mysteriously, the trunk lid had fixed itself.
Maybe it just needed some time to settle, or maybe I had missed a bolt lodged in the trunk lid assembly (not likely) but it looks like the car-gods have taken some pity on us this time. Since there are just a few weeks left in our year-long test of the AMG, we'll try to relegate our shopping bags to the back seat.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 71,109 miles