Used Car Advice: MercedesBenz AMG W202 C36 (199597)…

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Used Car Advice: Mercedes-Benz AMG C36 (1995-97) (December 2006)

A big engine in a small body is a formula for excitement and AMG does it than most

Joe Kenwright at one of AMG’s more restrained and Mercedes-Benz hot rods

History

in the trade joke that AMG for ‘All Money Gone’. The C36 on the W202 C280 sold new for $155,000. Providing the maintenance is up to date, they can deliver performance dressed in a designer for a fraction of new car price.

A special crankshaft, fatter pistons, trick camshafts and delivered a unique 3.6-litre six for a solid 206kW/385Nm that current M-B V8 engines with fuel consumption. Low-key upgrades and full leather were easily faked so sure you are looking at the real Most mechanical components upgraded with limited parts sources.

The C36 was so competent and its performance delivered with so effort that owners are not aware of the cumulative effect of the stresses fed into the vehicle. cars with the best service histories can be hiding maintenance that is more the of long-term spirited driving, any inherent flaws in the car itself.

Early C36 examples with than 100,000km start in the low range but allow around for the best 1997 examples.

Gear

Rare private can hide rust. Verify AMG pedigree. Check all structural and welds under the bonnet for or damage as the extra engine and grunt will expose any Watch for excessive engine from failed hydraulic

Use oil company-branded premium fuels or risk serious fuel damage. Hydraulic lifters are to oil type and will make a if they don’t pump up Variable cam actuator can leak oil and problems.

Black smoke warm can mean dud O2 and mass sensors. Dodgy wiring on early cars can force into limp home and interfere with electronic but should be fixed by now. every electronic function climate control operation and its servo controls.

Heavy cornering and tyre accelerate wear in lower control arm bushes, steering and leaks in power steering Flexible tail shaft wear for extra lash and

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Listen for unusual valve noise and watch for excessive smoke after idling as stem seals and guides can up and wear. Head gasket can generating side oil leaks. main seal can weep time.

Early four-speed is long-lived with routine but a lazy shift solenoid or can cause flaring between Late 1996 electronic auto can shift abruptly or not at all worn.

Sports suspension delivers feel but higher road Correct dampers essential. tyres must match Z-rated items. Check for alloys.

Awesome S600 brakes/E420 rears modified for C36 are unique to the model thus so check thickness. Advanced suspension depends on multiple to make the geometry work and road harshness and wears time.

Thick leather is quality but requires conditioning at every six months to keep which few get.

Thanks to Sporting Cars (03) 4144

The vehicle pictured was found for in CarPoint’s used car classifieds

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