2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

About a year ago I checked out the Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG and explained that the this car is one of those ”best of the worst” scenarios. In my opinion, the W203 was a pretty terrible product overall for someone like Mercedes to produce and owning one when you have so many other options just doesn’t add up for me. But like anything, when the price gets cheap enough, when does pulling the trigger on one actually make sense? In reality, buying an older, used German car never really makes all that much sense in the big picture, but we all justify our purchases one way or another. But I’ve found 2005 for sale in Florida which is actually cheap enough that it is probably going to make a lot of people consider picking this one up.

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Year: 2005
Model: C55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 129,400 mi
Price: $7,495 Buy It Now


Up for sale is my 2005, Mercedes AMG C55 with 129K original miles, silver with black interior. 5.4L V8 engine pushing 370hp and 370tq. I have every receipt for any work or maintenance that was done to the car since I have owned it. Very fast car that will put a smile on your face every time you get on the throttle.The car comes equipped with every option including the Harmon Kardon sound system, NAVIGATION, heated front seats, memory front seats, turn signal mirrors, 6 disc CD changer, interior lighting, flood lights, xenon lights, front and rear automatic windows, privacy screen, tinted windows and 2 piece 18″ C55 AMG wheels.The car has been garage kept and the interior and exterior looks like new. The Leather and suede still smells like new. Only reason why I am selling it because I need a truck or SUV. Please send me a message for more details.Located in Coral Gables, FL. Asking price is $7,495.00

This W203 looks really fresh for almost 130,000 miles. I’m sure it being a Florida car had a lot to do with this, but you’d be surprised how little it takes to make a W203 look like garbage. The interior still fresh, the exterior doesn’t have anything odd going on and the giant plastic engine cover on the M113 V8 even looks well taken care of. The seller doesn’t say anything about maintenance records but honestly the drive train in these cars are pretty stout with the M113 paired to the 722.6 gearbox. The only thing that can get kind of pricey with these are the brakes and rotors as they are quiet large and carry the AMG tax, but outside of that and some super specific body panels just for the C55, there isn’t a lot to sweat about these cars.

So how cheap it is? A cool $7,500. Just to compare, the C55 I looked at last year was $4,300 more despite only having 10,000 less miles on it. These seem to be hovering right around the $10,000 range for a decent one with an average amount of miles on them. I don’t know how much more deprecation these will take on but I’d imagine they’ll end up like their older AMG siblings and not get any cheaper than the $7,000-8,000 range unless they are really beat up. Will these ever become collectible? Maybe in a number of years, but I don’t think people will be seeking them out like they do a 190E 16v or 500E. There is a long list of cars I’d spend money on before W203 C55, but if the right one came along at a crazy price, I’d think about it.

– Andrew

Roll the Dice? 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG 5.5

Put down your pitchforks and extinguish your torches, that’s not needed today for this Frankenstein creation. What is needed is a little bit of perspective and thought beyond what you initially see – a bagged car with a wild color wrap and bolt on fender flairs. Normally these things would be off-putting to most enthusiasts, but are the bones of this build sound? Let’s take a look at this W202 AMG for sale in California.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

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I’m not afraid to say that the W203 is my one of my least favorite Mercedes ever made. The design was soft, the entire interior was a plastic mess and even the wheel design sucked. These were geared towards entry-level buyers and the lease deals on them were targeted towards anyone who had a pulse and a solid proof of couch ownership with coins under the cushions. This left us with a mass sea of used W203s for sale that you can pick up for mere peanuts. Seriously, I think some buyers on Craigslist are accepting bags of peanuts to take away their 2001 C240s. But one model out of all the miserable cars stood out and actually was worth driving and hey, maybe even buying. Allow me to reintroduce the C55 AMG.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

Orion Blue Metallic, that’s what the paint is called and the main reason I decided to write up this Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG. One of the other reasons is that I’ve always felt this car was overlooked due to the its successor being the tire slaying C63 AMG. Those cars continue to fall in pice but it will be a few more years before they reach the bottom of the depreciation curve. The C55 is already close and will likely drop down a little further in the next couple of years. If you enjoy the “double bubble” headlight style of the W203 then this car has to be at the top of your list as it is the most aggressive looking one you could buy. What I find appealing is that even in AMG form, it still retains a clean sleeper look. Were it not for the matte black Vertini wheels, I think this car would be able to fly way under the radar, a bonus when you’ve got 362 hp on tap. If I were to take this home I’d probably swap them out the wheels for a nice brushed aluminum multi spoke from the AMG catalog, but I have to admit the concave style does add a certain badass element to the car. I think that has to be one of the most appealing things about the C55 AMG, it can be made to look like a mundane country club classic or a aggressive Autobahn animal. All you need to do is change a few minor things to tip the scales in either direction and I have to say, this car strikes a nice balance between the two.

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1998 Mercedes-Benz C43/55 AMG – REVISIT

The crazy C55-engined C43 that I wrote up last September has reappeared with a new seller. Now with around 600 more miles on the clock, a new description and some new photos, it is now offered as a no reserve auction. Also note, if you’re seriously interested, that the original line that the car could not pass California smog has been removed. I like the concept of this swap and it looks clean, but I wonder why it’s being flipped after so few miles.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43/55 AMG on eBay

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V8 Week: 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

It’s an age old formula. Big engine + small car = something greater than the sum of its parts. Pontiac realized this when they dropped a V8 into the pedestrian Tempest and created the GTO. Likewise, when Mercedes-Benz engineers shoehorned the 6.3 liter V8 from the 600 sedan into the 300SEL, they created a monster. Since then, Mercedes has been keen at fitting big engines in cars not normally designed for them. Witness the W124 500E/E500 and W202 C class with the 4.3 liter V8. When the W203 was introduced in 2002, the AMG variant first packed a supercharged 3.2 liter V6. This gave way to a 5.5 liter V8 in 2005, which is the car you see here for sale in Florida.

It wasn’t just that easy as slipping the eight cylinder powerplant under the hood. While it may look like an ordinary C class from the front, look a bit more closely and you’ll notice headlamps taken off of a CLK and lengthened front fenders, a result of the extra space needed for the longer block.

Year: 2005
Model: C55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 87,900 mi
Price: $14,750 Buy It Now

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2005 Mercedes AMG C55, excellent condition, all options, NAV, CD Changer, aux connector, heated seats, harmon kardon, rear sunshade, sunroof, memory seats, silver on blk, new back tires, 75% front tires, just did the mobil 1 European blend oil/filter change and air filters, new battery, non smoker, car is in excellent condition in and out. Family does not fit in the car anymore, bought an SUV. I will miss this car and it will not disappoint. Runs awesome at any speed. I have had no accidents with the car and it had a clean carfax when I bought it. 87,900 miles, call or text Mark at 305-753-1148.

This car performs unbelievable well, 0-60 4.7 sec, 1/4 mile 13.2 sec. Handles incredibly well yet the ride is smooth. Car is super quiet at any speed with absolutely no wind noise yet the exhaust roars when the need for speed kicks in. Auto tranny responds well and has shift buttons on the back of the steering wheel. I have had this car at 130 mph and is solid as a rock, hugs the road as a true autobahn car should.

This car is a sleeper, most people have no idea how fast it is. I did add the 5.5 AMG emblems to the front fenders and shift knob cap was replaced from the plain one to a brushed alum AMG one. I also put on the SL55 wheels, they are 1″ wider front and back, provide a stock look with better handling. Front tires are the stock size, rears are up sized to 255’s. Rims fit perfect, flush and no rubbing, should have been the way Mercedes sold it. All else is bone stock. Buyer will enjoy and I will be sad to see it go.

On Aug-27-13 at 10:43:02 PDT, seller added the following information:
Regarding maintenance, I am a car enthusiast and do all of the maintenance myself, I bought the car about 2 + years ago with a bit over 60k miles on it and performed the following: Oil/filter changes at regular intervals (7500 miles) with Mobil 1 European blend. Replaced front brake pads and rotors shortly after purchased. Replaced air filters. Replaced transmission fluid and filter with Mercedes fluid/filter at 65k miles (I have extra fluid that the buyer can have, its like $10/qt)Replaced engine mounts (common problem with Merc, they are fluid filled) at 80k miles. I do have a spare serpentine accessory drive belt, but I did not replace it yet (the one on the car is in good condition. Cleaned Mass air flow sensor. Replaced electric air pump (part of the emmission control system). New Bosch battery at 85k miles. Car runs great, everything works as it should, last 2k miles were put on driving to S Carolina, GA and Tenn with the family, car drove awesome.

If you always wanted a V8 C class, you are in luck because the depreciation gods shine once again. You would be hard pressed to find even the best W203 C55 breaking $20,000 these days, with most examples hovering around $12,000 to $15,000. Considering the mileage is a bit less than average on this car, the price is about in line for the current market. It may not have the later 6.3 liter V8 or the supercharger that some 5.5 lumps had, but there is still plenty to like about this car. Considering most people would mistake it for a cooking variety C class, you’ll have a lot of fun catching others by surprise with this C’s pace.

-Paul

One of a kind 2006 Mercedes C55 AMG

This custom 18,000 mile C55 looks to only be brought out for show car duty.

The C55 followed AMG’s string of mid sized Benz models with potent powerplants. The 5.4, yes despite the 55 moniker the car’s engine was short a tenth of a liter, V8 gives 362 horsepower in stock trim and is enough to send the car to 60 in less than 5 seconds. The performance made the C55 the fastest factory C class up until the recent C63.

This particular car maintains stock engine components, but when your base car comes from AMG you don’t usually need to add more performance. The main work on this is the extensive cosmetic portions to set it out from the crowd. The car has had wide body flares put on and massive wheels to added to fill the holes, 19 x 12.5 at the rear.Inside the wheels sit massive Brembo brakes. The suspension has new KW3 coilovers that lower the car down on top of the huge wheels.

A custom cat back exhaust makes more nose outside the car. Noise inside the car is provided by a performance audio system.

The outside of the car is definitely done up to be noticed, not quite as stealthy as the wolf in sheep’s clothing model some AMG cars follow. The owner claims he has $100,000 in the car. The ask price is $40,000. With nice C55s selling in the low to mid $25,000 range I’m afraid I don’t see a $15,000 premium on the work, even with the low mileage. An ask $10k less might be more in range with what a sale on eBay will bring.

2006 Custom C55 on eBay

~Evan

2005 Mercedes-Benz C55

Beginning in the mid 1990s, the AMG C classes from Mercedes-Benz have proved to be quite popular over the years, with a range of breathed on six-cylinder and V8 models appearing in the lineup. Here we have a clean, two owner, C55 for sale in Pennsylvania.

The seller states:

This auction is for a 2005 Mercedes Benz C55 Sport Sedan. I am the second owner of this vehicle. The vehicle is in immaculate condtion. It has been professionally maintained at a Mercedes Benz dealership since new. It has had all its regular maintence performed (Transmission service, coolant service, brake fluid service, oil changes, etc.). It has brand new rear tires with less than 200 miles on them. Front tires at 50%, front and rear brakes at 50%. The vehicle needs nothing. Runs excellent, looks great. Only reason I am selling is due to the fact I have too many vehicles and its time to get rid of a few. This car is very enjoyable to drive. I will definately miss it!

I sold my 2007 C230 Sport with 27k miles for $20,500 two months ago. Even though this is two years older, prices on the last of the W203 AMGs have finally reached somewhat attainable levels. Anything with 300 or more horsepower in a car this size is a riot to drive. I know this first hand, as I’ve driven several of these over the years. Even considering rising gas prices, a C55 in this kind of condition would be a smart investment in the coming years. I mean, where else were you going to put your money, the stock market?

-Paul