2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Lots of times I ponder how cheap a car has to be for me to put up the maintenance and inevitable repairs. Weigh the amount of enjoyment you will receive vs. the purchase price plus maintenance and repairs. Sometimes the formula is pretty simple with cheaper cars. But once you start looking at more expensive cars, the math can get pretty tricky. Today’s featured car, the infamous Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, is going to have you thinking long and hard about considering how cheap these are becoming.

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Year: 2005
Model: CL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 104,873 mi
Price: $17,495 Buy It Now

2005 Mercedes CL65 AMG is up for sale. No accidents, Personal car.

Has every available option: Adaptive cruise cruise control (Distronic Plus), Parktronic sensors, Soft close doors, Heated/ ventilated/ massage seats. Keyless entry/ Keyless start.

105K miles. Has been serviced regularly. Excellent condition, needs nothing. Engine, transmission, suspension were recently checked, no any problems found, passed all tests.

 

Engine checked
Exterior lights checked
Fluids checked
Four wheel alignment performed Fuel filter replaced
Instrument cluster checked Maintenance reminder reset
Engine oil and filter changed
Parking brake system checked
Power steering checked
Power steering fluid flushed/changed
Steering/suspension checked

Almost new set of tires.

Will help with delivery. My friend owes shipping company. Around $400 to FL, Texas, Ohio

We all know the backstory about the CL65 AMG and the rest of M275 AMG engine family. This monster checks in at 603 hp and 738 lb·ft of torque that even now 12 years later is crazy for a car that is as docile as any regular car. Of course, all this power comes with massive maintenance and repair bills. The W215 chassis even without the AMG madness is enough to scare most people away with ABC issues, body corrosion, gauge cluster failures, broken door wiring and the list goes on and on. But when do these get so cheap that it’s actually worth rolling the dice on?

This 2005 for sale in Delaware, which the seller says has a clean bill of health, is for sale at $17,495. Just to remind everyone, the MSRP on this car was over $180,000. We’ve seen crazy depreciation before, but most don’t have enough torque pull a house off its foundation while receiving a gentle massage in the driver’s seat. I’m really curious to see where the price floor on these really end up. Surely these can’t continue to fall even further, right? This is super car performance for Honda Fit prices. One thing to remember with almost all the modern AMG cars is that they really can’t be harvested for parts. Sure, you can pull body panels and interior parts for other cars, but anything mechanical is coded to the specific car. You aren’t going to see someone grab an engine and throw it into another car like it’s a LSx that is so commonly done. I don’t know if this specifically will affect values in the long run, but it’s something to think about. But I have to keep asking, if these things fall to $10,000, is it finally worth it? Or are these forever in the “you couldn’t give me one of these for free” club?

– Andrew

2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Earlier this week I checked out a green V12 Mercedes-Benz. Keeping with that theme, I bring you another green V12 Mercedes-Benz — although this one has quite a bit more horsepower and even more torque. This 2004 CL600 with the 5.5 liter twin-turbo M275 V12 spit out a more than adequate 493 horsepower and 590 lb·ft of torque. What is even crazier is that Mercedes sandbagged the horsepower number by about 40 to 50 as to not cannibalize CL55 AMG sales. Of course, we as humans can’t leave well enough alone, so a quick call to the crazy Danes at Kleeman took these power numbers to a whole other level.

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Year: 2004
Model: CL600
Engine: 5.5 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 62,000 mi
Price: $18,900

After a good year, I think it’s time to move on from my much enjoyed CL. It’s definitely the quietest, most comfortable car I’ve ever driven. It has 62,000 miles and has been well maintained and always garage kept. I wasn’t sure what the previous owner had done for maintenance, so within the past 5000 miles it’s had;
-The transmission fluid and filter changed
-Coolant flushed
-ABC fluid and filter change
-Power steering fluid and filter change
-New spark plugs and insulators
In terms of repairs, it has had a few.
-New water pump
-Rear valve block repair
-Shifter after it got stuck in park
-Replaced Bose amp with a new one
-New auxiliary cooling fan
This car is in absolutely beautiful condition, the Everest Green paint has a depth you wouldn’t believe. The green paint and tan interior are a classic color combination you just don’t see enough anymore. As far as faults go, the car has only two. The soft close on the driver’s door doesn’t work, and neither does the lock button on the exterior handle. The extra power from the tune has done nothing to disrupt the cars docile nature for daily driving, and only makes itself known when you put your foot down. For those occasions, the 625hp/700lbft makes this among the very fastest cars on the road. Between it’s beautiful but reserved design and it’s quiet nature, the performance comes as a complete surprise to anyone who doesn’t know these big beauties well. This is among the best kept on the market, originally a Florida car, it’s in excellent condition inside and out. I’m asking $20,700. You can see the Carfax here, although they got the number of owners wrong. It had one primary owner and the dealer who bought it at auction drove it himself for a while, and then there’s me. Feel free to ask me any questions.

According to the seller, the Kleeman ECU tune bumps the power to 625 horsepower and 700 lb·ft of torque. All this out of a car that can give you a gentle massage on your drive to work in the morning. That’s the beauty of these cars, you can be as docile as you want driving these cars and never be burdened by trying to keep that much power under control. Yes, if you smash the gas pedal you better be prepared to run into whatever you have the car pointed or light your rear tires on fire. Although it’s not all mayhem as the (functioning) ABC system does a great job of keeping everything in line and when pushed to the limit and you truly appreciate it when you fully need to utilize it. What’s interesting about this car is that it’s in the rare Everest Green, which if I had to guess there can’t be more than a handful of them in CL600 guise. Inside, the tan interior looks like it’s held up fairly well for being in the W220/W215 family and doesn’t show much wear at all.

Buying one of these cars is all about condition. You can grab a rough one that needs coilpacks and is flashing ABC messages at you the second you come near it for the low-teens all day. But that is a really fast way to blow a ton of money or be left with a car that can’t function. Ideally you find one that the owner didn’t cheap out on, much like this one, and stay on top of the maintenance and repairs diligently. You can’t ignore problems in these cars or you will ruin something that’s very expensive. For a little under $19,000, this is a great way to get your 700 lb·ft of torque fix that doesn’t require you to hold on tight every time you tap the gas. But I can’t say it enough times, the W215 is a fickle beast that needs constant care, so proceed with caution.

– Andrew

2003 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG

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The Mercedes-Benz C215 chassis had the task of carrying on the pillar-less coupe legacy that Mercedes was known for. But seeing as this car is basically an 8-inch shorter W220 S-Class minus two doors, you can probably guess how this turned out. It departed the majority of its design language from the prior C140 and went with a much more modern smooth design both inside and out. Much like when the W220 was launched and these cars were brand new, you had no reason to think the result would end up being so poor. So let’s take a look at this 2006 CL55 AMG in Florida to see if a C215 is worth considering.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

What would you do with over 700 ft lb of torque? Well, if it were me, I’d make sure to unnerve the neighbors a bit as I started out my morning commute. Fortunately, for them, I work from home. Yes, that’s just how much power these CL65 AMG coupes pack under the hood, with a healthy 604 horsepower to go along with those torques. If the CL55 AMG with its 5.5 liter supercharged V8 was not enough, Mercedes decided to go one step further and strap two turbochargers on a 6.0 liter V12 and unleash what has to be one of the most serious luxury coupes to ever hit the market. Set apart by those gun metal gray alloy wheels, this 2006 CL65 AMG for sale in North Carolina has yet to cross the 40,000 mile mark and gives those power hungry enthusiasts among us a crack at a barely broken in über-coupe.

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Feature Listing: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Like many other industries, technology has affected the cars we drive over the last 20 years in an impressive fashion. From digital music to adaptive cruise control, vehicles offer a large helping of convenience to motorists, but it comes with a price. After a few years, technology of course becomes outdated and as these complex systems age, problems ensue. This translates directly into increased depreciation, especially for high end luxury cars, like we see with this 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for sale by our friends at Sun Valley Auto Club. While it might be attractive to purchase an über-luxury machine at a discount, the reality is it could turn out to be one massive headache. However, this CL600 isn’t any ordinary coupe, as we’ve come to expect from this seller. Looking very much the V12 flagship part in black on black, this example has just over 11,000 miles on the clock.

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Coupe Week 10K Friday: CL600 v. 840Ci v. Corrado SLC v. TT quattro

Time for another 10K Friday roundup, and this time I’m focusing on Coupe Week for the theme. That results in a diverse selection to choose from; from a turbocharged 1.8 inline four right through a twin-turbo V12, we have front drive, all-wheel drive and two rear-drivers. Three are automatics with one manual and ten years separate the oldest to newest; yet these are all two-door cars that fit into the $10,000 budget price range. I wanted also to include a Porsche, but wanted to cover models that we hadn’t seen in other posts and the closest I could get in a 911 was in the mid-teens, so we’re down to four choices. Who wins this crazy competition?

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10K Friday Sonder Edition: 280s v. 300SEL v. 560SEC v. S420 v. S600 Coupe v. S430 v. CL500

It’s pretty amazing when generations of cars come together in value; right now, there are 4 generations of Mercedes-Benz S-class models that all seem to hit market for around the same amount. From the beginnings of the “Sonder” Class Mercedes with the W116 through the W220 cars that are only just over a generation old, there’s a tremendous amount of luxury available in these super sedans and coupes. So what would be your choice? We’ll go by age this time, starting with the W116:

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