2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Mixed Feelings
June 12, 2014
"What do you think of the CL?" This was the question fellow editor Mike Magrath posed to me after I finally spent some quality time with our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG.
"Umm..." was about the best I could start with. It wasn't an easy question to answer.
For the CL65, I find myself oscillating between different opinions. On one hand, it's just bonkers that we bought a 604-horsepower super luxury coupe (that cost $181,240 new) for just $34,000. That's not chump change exactly, but is quite within the range of what a lot of people spend on a "normal" new car these days. We paid more to buy our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250.
Yet the CL65 AMG isn't normal. It's ridiculously powerful, stately, surprisingly capable around turns, and still very good looking in my opinion. Other motorists or bystanders in the know will compliment you on the CL65 AMG.
The various problems we've encountered with our CL65 AMG don't really bother me, either. Sure, the car's been a hassle to keep running and we've spent a good chunk of change on repairs so far. We also spent a lot on maintenance for our long-ago 2002 BMW M3, for example. That's expected territory for a used performance car as far as I'm concerned.
I start to waffle, though, when I think about whether I'd actually buy this car for myself. It's just not my kind of car. The CL65 AMG puts you at ease and delivers effortless power available at all times. But I don't get excited about driving it. Coupes that are personable and passionate are more my thing.
I do appreciate it for what it is, though. It's pretty amazing what $34,000 got us.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor