2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Not Cool, Man.
September 15, 2014
The seats in our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG do it all. They have three memory profiles, tons of adjustment options, a massage function and heated and cooled seat backs.
It's the cooled seats I'm taking issue with. They're just not cool.
I had the driver seat on the highest cooled-seat setting this past weekend and I couldn't feel a thing. I couldn't even feel warm air blowing. I turned the radio off and could hear a fan blowing when I powered on the cooled seats. Something was churning under the seat; it just wasn't making its way through the vents.
I slid into the passenger seat to test if things were any different. I felt a slight breeze on the highest setting, but it wasn't obvious. The driver's side has definitely lost its cool while the passenger side is struggling to keep what little cool it has left.
Whatever repairs we need to get the CL65's seats in working order, I can only imagine that they will be expensive, given how pricey all our other repairs have been. This car will only be with us a few more months, so I doubt that the seats are worth fixing.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 68,592 miles