2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Oregon Road Trip Part 3
September 9, 2014
It is absolutely worth the drive to Crater Lake. Like with most national parks, the term awe-inspiring gains new meaning when you first experience the majestic views and connection with nature it provides.
Before getting too Ken Burns about it, though, I'm going to let the photos below provide the encouragement to visit Crater Lake. And if you can do it in a 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, I highly recommend that, too. For, even after we left the park and spent the rest of our week in and around the wonderful town of Bend, Oregon, the CL65 proved itself to be every bit as enjoyable, cosseting and reliable as it had been since we set out for Los Angeles.
That's right, absolutely nothing went wrong with the car despite everyone's worst fears, conventional wisdom and my admittedly false foreshadowing in the previous two parts of this series. The CL quite simply kept going as if it had just left the factory and as if none of its mechanical issues had ever happened. OK, so the keyless entry acted up once and I accidentally knocked out the overly complicated cupholder (it went right back in), but beyond that, nada.
At this point, I'm starting to think the CL just doesn't like being driven by people other than myself. All of its problems have occurred in someone else's care, ergo, it's all their fault. My beloved, er, the CL65 is perfect.
Stay tuned for one more road trip post including fuel economy data for August and various facts and figures from the trip.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 67,336 miles