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Broken Seat Trim - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

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edited December 2014 in Mercedes-Benz
imageBroken Seat Trim - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test

The outside trim on our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG passenger seat has come loose.

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    kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863
    I just looked back at the initial purchase and it looks like we are at the 12 month period with 15,000 out of the target 20,000 miles achieved. Is she going to be sold soon? I'd love to see the costs at putting 100k on this monster, but it might be time to apply that money toward another vehicle.
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    PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Member Posts: 9,372
    After 9 years and with kids involved, it's darn near pristine! :p
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    allthingshondaallthingshonda Member Posts: 878
    Considering all the problems this car has had this is not even worth writing about. Although the owner of a 9 year old Camry with 71,000 miles on it would be very upset if this happened.
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    apex_itapex_it Member Posts: 6
    I'm sorry but this thing is a massive POS! I've owned 3 BMW M3s and currently have a 997.2 S and never experienced this level of problems with a German car.
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    iamthestigiamthestig Member Posts: 85
    "And I probably just jinxed it." It appears so...
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    emajoremajor Member Posts: 332
    This is undeniably a cool & interesting car, but you and Riswick, your definition of "reliable" leaves a lot to be desired. "Reliable" suggests a high probability of continued future operation and dependability. Retroactively applying it to 6000 miles of trouble-free motoring when the boring sedan you are comparing it to is likely to go 100K or more without riding on a flatbed is ridiculous. There is a high probability that the next 6000 will not be trouble free. Why you have "peace of mind" is beyond me, I wouldn't dare drive this thing anywhere without cell phone coverage and AAA.

    Mark IV Volkswagens were Camry-reliable between coil pack failures.

    Did this thing really die on your driveway the same day this update was posted? That's what happens when you tempt the universe...
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    mercedesfanmercedesfan Member Posts: 365

    The owner of a 9-year old Camry isn't going to care if a piece of seat trim is popped loose. Primarily because it will already have popped loose tens of thousands of miles ago. The Camry is going to have zero reliability issues at that age, but will definitely have trim issues. Toyotas are shockingly poorly built inside. Honda definitely one-ups them in that regard.


    You'll never see these issues with a 911 simply because Porsche cuts no corners in their manufacturing. Hold onto an M3 long enough, though, and you will have a similar experience to this CL. I've have owned multiple M3s as well, but you would have to be nuts to keep one past warranty.


    Actually, driving this car on a long trip is about the only place I WOULD feel comfortable driving it. MB's of this vintage rarely have issues when driven for long periods because nearly all of the problems are electrical and related to power-cycling. They are total crap for city driving because the constant powering up and down of the systems causes premature failure. On the open road, the systems simply chug along doing what they were designed to do.
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    mercedesfanmercedesfan Member Posts: 365
    Also, how did you kill the battery by leaving the lights on? This car has auto headlights. Why was the switch even in the on position?
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