2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Oregon Road Trip Part 1
September 5, 2014
Back in December, I drove to the Grand Canyon, a trip made all the more special thanks to the long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. The epic power, the hushed cabin, the serene ride and supportive seats of this Autobahn-bred luxury coupe proved its worth on the type of journey for which we bought the CL65 in the first place.
Fast-forward to two weeks ago when I was planning to visit another of America's national parks: Crater Lake.
I thought about bringing the Ram so I could rent some mountain bikes during our stay in Bend, Ore., and easily transport them to a trail. Our new Jeep Cherokee also seemed like an Oregonian sort of car. Or perhaps I could take the Macan since nobody has driven it anywhere far flung yet. In the end, though, the CL65 was calling to me. Due to its mechanical woes, which now seem behind it, the Benz hadn't been road tripped in a while, plus Mike Magrath had just installed a new USB input (more on that later).
Most of my fellow editors were surprised and perhaps a little impressed that I was making the nearly 1,800-mile round trip in the old girl despite those aforementioned mechanical woes. Visions of being broken down in the middle of remote northern California with no cell service surely danced in their heads - and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have the same thoughts. But alas, I reminded myself that we did indeed buy the CL65 to take on such long journeys and I was one of the people lobbying for the car. Time to put up or shut up.
As Captain Benjamin Sisko once said (and I'm sure others), "fortune favors the bold." Besides, what could possibly go wrong?
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 66,362 miles