1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport

The W202 C class was the car that brought in new nomenclature to Mercedes-Benz, one that would see the manufacturer drop a lot of its staid reputation via a proliferation of new models and vehicle options into the new millennium. The first generation C class still had the appearance and build quality of a classic Mercedes-Benz, however. Mercedes decided to bring a little verve to this compact sedan by introducing a Sport option shortly before the 1998 facelift. This package included AMG style alloys, tauter suspension, carbon fiber style interior trim and a smaller diameter steering wheel. These days, a lot of C classes from the era have been pushed to the brink, covering hundreds of thousands of miles. Every now and then, though, you’ll come across a real good one, such as this white C280 sport for sale in California that has covered less than 50,000 miles.

Year: 1997
Model: C280 Sport
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 45,380 mi
Price: $9,998 Buy It Now

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Offered to you today is this beautiful One Owner, Rust Free, California Car, non- smoker, 1997 Mercedes Benz C280 Sport with only 45k original miles. This very rare beauty comes in the beautiful combination of Polar white exterior on gray interior. Along with that, this car also comes with full leather interior, fold down seats, glass moon-roof, telescopic steering wheel, AMG sport wheels and much more.

This C280 comes with the last generation of the in-line 6 cylinder engine and is arguably the best gas engine Mercedes Benz has made. With only 45k miles, this Mercedes has several hundred thousand miles left on it. Any questions please call (626)705-5694. This vehicle was just inspected and serviced. As far as we know, everything in this vehicle is good working mechanical condition. This MBZ was originally purchased in Oklahoma and came with the owner when they relocated to California in 1999.

Just seeing this car brings back a lot of good memories from my 1998 C230. In fact, my mother is still piloting her 2000 C280 sedan (with the later V6 motor) that recently turned over 100,000 miles with nary an issue. These aren’t the most exciting Mercedes-Benzes, but they do everything well and if you just want a little bit more spice, a Sport model such as this one might be the answer. Also, this car comes with the rather uncommon fold down rear seat option. This is something I would have killed for on my C230, and is one of the reasons I’m enjoying my hatchback MINI at the moment.

-Paul

1998 Mercedes-Benz C43

While it wasn’t the first in-house collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and AMG, but the C43 AMG is where the high horsepower madness with the tuning arm began. When the W202 C class debuted, the first to wear the AMG badge was the C36. This sedan was certainly no slouch with 276 bhp. But Mercedes didn’t stop there. For 1998, they C43 appeared with a 4.3 liter V8 under the hood. The car now had 302 horsepower, which wasn’t a huge increase, but the power delivery and soundtrack was addictive. With the C43, Mercedes proved that the old muscle car formula of putting a big engine in the smallest model proved to be alive and well. This black C43 for sale in Utah has just over 100,000 miles and would be a good choice for the speed freak that wants to fly under the radar.

Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 105,500 mi
Price: $12,000

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Regrettably, I need to sell my C43 AMG. I moved to Utah several years ago and the car is now a summer driver. I bought another collector car a few years ago and concluded that one of them needs to go to make room in my garage (my winter driver has been sitting outside). I am the second owner of this car, which I purchased from a Mercedes-Benz dealer in 2002 under their certified pre-owned (Starmark) program when it had 33,000 miles. The car came equipped with xenon headlamps with headlamp washers, rain sensing wipers, charcoal colored power adjustable leather sport seats, and moon roof. I installed a trunk mounted six-disc CD player. The car now has 105,500 miles, driven by an adult, non-smoker driver. It has been dealer maintained, is all original (including glass) and is in excellent condition. All scheduled service is up to date (last dealer service May 2013) and I have been meticulous about repairing and replacing needed items as it goes in for service at the dealer. I replaced the tires in July 2013 with four Michelin Pilot Super Sports. I have all service records as well as my original purchase documentation. The interior has very light wear and is unblemished. The car has always been garaged and the original paint is in excellent condition, other than minor paint chips on the front from highway driving. The body of the car is unblemished except for two areas: 1) one minor door ding on the driver rear door that is hard to see unless you look at it from an angle (I tried to capture it in one of the photos) and 2) some curb rash under the front bumper that never bothered me enough to correct (see photo). The wheels are in good condition, but have some delamination around the edges and light scratches that can be seen closer to the car (see photos). The only mechanical need that I can identify is that the driver side rear window recently stopped working. The car runs very smoothly and the engine pulls strongly, as you would expect from 302 hp and 302 lb/ft torque that this AMG V8 produces.

If you are in the market for a C43 AMG and are picky, then this is the car for you! It is getting harder to find clean, well-cared for, unmolested examples in the black-on-black color combination. Please contact me if you have any questions. I have enjoyed owning this car and it”s always a pleasure to talk about it!
Price: $12,000 negotiable

As a former owner of a W202, I can say first hand that these are fairly hearty cars and can cover lots of miles effortlessly in the traditional Mercedes fashion, but a little more power over the four cylinder variant would have been nice. Years ago I looked at these AMG versions in awe and now like most expensive sports saloons. Today, they have settled into a price range that puts them within reach of enthusiasts with more modest means. The price on this example is probably a little high, but it’s good to see that the seller is willing to negotiate.

-Paul

V8 Week: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

How do you out-AMG AMG? Known for dropping motors out of large cars into small cars, AMG replaced the six cylinder unit in the C36 with a larger M113 4.3 V8 from the E430. Great, right? Well, although it was now plus two cylinders, the new C43 wasn’t really much quicker than the C36 had been. That apparently wouldn’t do for the owner of this particular C43, who decided to AMG up his AMG by dropping an E55 motor in it, and then supercharging it. Well, then. Power isn’t specified, but considering the non-supercharged E55 motor pushed out 70 horsepower more than the 4.3, I think we can lump this one under “a lot”. Take a look at today’s home-brew C43/55:

Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 60,876 mi
Price: $22,888 Buy It Now

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1998 MERCEDES-BENZ C55 AMG

You are looking at a rare C55 AMG with only 60,876 miles. What started as a stock C43 with over $40,000 invested in it is now a rocket. This C43 is already a rocket from the factory but it also has extensive amount of upgrades!!!!!

List of UPGRADES: E55 ENGINE WHICH MAKES IT A C55, HPS GEN II SUPERCHARGER, KW SUSPENTION, KLEEMAN HEADERS, LSD(Limited Slip Differential), CUSTOM SS EXHAUST, CARBON FIBER INTERIOR TRIM, 18″ AMG MONOBLOCK’S, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!!!

NO CALIFORNIA BUYERS…. IT WILL NOT PASS CA SMOG DUE TO MODIFICATIONS!!!!!

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Sorry California, but at least they’re upfront! There’s a long list of things to love about this car; I think the W202 is a better looking car than the later C-classes, the Monoblocks look particularly awesome on this model with the well polished lips, white is the perfect understated color for this type of car, it will likely outdrag most supercars, and it appears to be in great shape. There are a list of good quality modifications, including the KW suspension and Kleeman headers coupled to stainless exahust. Things I’m not so fond of? Well, that blue and black interior is nowhere near as cool as Audi or Subaru’s Blue/black interior combinations; it looks poorly executed to me, like seat covers you can buy at Autozone. But to me, that’s nothing compared to the concerns I’d have about the long term viability of this swap; the big question is, has it been done correctly? If not, this car could end up being a really expensive IROC-Z sitting on cinder blocks in your driveway, perpetually waiting to be fixed.

Pricing is quite high; higher in fact than many of the much newer and factory built C55s. In fact, for this price you could have your choice 6-7 year newer C55s in just about any color and have money left over to fix it. Granted I do think the W202 is a cleaner, more European looking design than the fried-egg headlight models that followed, but I’m just not sure these modifications would leave me really wanting this particular W202 for this price. It might be nice to take it on one test drive, though…and those wheels!

-Carter

1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

The mid 1990s were a good time if you were in the market for a sports sedan. BMW had just introduced the E36 M3 and with this new model, a four-door sedan was available for the first time. Audi was packing a turbocharged punch with their S6 sedan and the now famous 20 valve inline five cylinder lump. If you wanted something other than German, you could head over to Acura and snag an Integra GS-R sedan, with Honda’s 170 bhp twin cam VTEC four-cylinder. Over at Ford, the sun was setting on the second generation Taurus SHO which would be the last to wear the SHO badge with a 5-speed manual transmission.

In the wake of the larger than life 500E/E500 collaboration with Porsche, Mercedes-Benz sought to fill the performance void. After becoming a wholly owned subsidiary by Mercedes-Benz in the early 1990s, Mercedes unleashed the C36 AMG, based on the newly introduced W202 C class. More subdued than the competition from Munich, the C36 still had the goods to please speed freaks. Available solely with a four-speed automatic transmission, the 3.6 liter inline-6 produced 280 horsepower, enough to push this wolf in sheeps clothing to 60 mph in under six seconds. A few years later, Mercedes would slot an AMG tuned V8 under the W202 bonnet in the form of 4.3 and 5.5 liters. These V8 monsters made folks forget about the C36 rather quickly, which is a shame for what was the first in-house AMG effort by Mercedes.

This C36 for sale in Georgia is a nice, lower mileage example and in basic black, is the kind of car that looks at home on the track or arriving at the symphony.

Year: 1996
Model: C36 AMG
Engine: 3.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 24,392 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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It’s time for me to downsize my collection before I lose garage space next year. I will be listing 2 Mercedes, two 442’s, a Jaguar XK8 Coupe, and a Mazda RX7 Convertible. Please watch for my other listings if you are interested. All these cars have something special to offer. I will be happy to assist with any inspection or pick up by carrier. I am 45 minutes South of the Atlanta airport. Payment will be accepted by bank wire transfer, check, or cash. No vehicle will be released before all funds have cleared my bank. I have a perfect eBay rating and want to keep it that way. I ask the same from you. Please don’t bid unless you have funds available to complete the transaction. All vehicles will be advertised locally, and I reserve the right to end any auction early. In fairness to all bidders, I will not disclose reserve price. Good luck!

This car was special ordered in Atlanta and taken by original owner to a second home in North Carolina. It was kept there for six years as an occasional weekend driver, then brought back to Atlanta in 2002. It was re-titled to a family member a year later, then traded in at the original selling Atlanta dealer (MRB) on an E55 in July of 2004. I happened to be driving by the dealership that day, and bought the car as soon as MRB completed their extensive service. I have the receipt from that service showing the Sales Department being charged $1000 for this work. When I took delivery, the car had 17,306 miles. I have the Car Fax report from this time that reflects the ownership, no accidents, and mileage, as well as an odometer statement from the dealership. I have owned the car nine years, and have put seven thousand miles on her. It has been inspected on a yearly basis since then (with mileage noted), a second “A” service performed at 23,574 miles costing over $1000, another oil change 300 miles ago (always used Mobil 1), and the A/C system serviced at that same time. She has been babied, and can be driven anywhere without worries.

While I can’t prove the car had never been in the rain before I bought it, any exposure to weather had to be minimal. There are still traces of the factory undercoating (cosmoline?) used to protect vehicles during the shipping process. I have always kept the car garaged, covered, and on a Battery Plus trickle charger. The original black paint still has a deep shine, the interior is perfect, the engine compartment clean, the trunk is spotless, all rubber and weather striping excellent, and she still wears the original Bridgestone tires on AMG wheels that have no curb rash. The tires still have good tread left, but are somewhat “lumpy” when first driven. This smooth’s out as they heat up. I have considered replacing them, but they help show how this car has been babied all it’s life. There were 338 of these cars built in 1996. The factory produced a C260, which was then sent to AMG. They removed the engine and transmission, greatly enhanced performance of both, added special ground effects, oversized AMG wheels and tires, and several discreet emblems throughout. The car was completely transformed by these changes, and has to be driven to truly appreciate the world class results.

I believe this car was ordered with every option available at the time, including climate control, leather, sunroof, heated and power seats, Bose sound system with 6 disc Alpine changer, console/armrest, ASR, alarm system, headlamp washers, power windows, ski bag pass through, passenger air bag, etc. Everything works perfectly. And yes, it has the first aid kit still in the rear window compartment, for you Mercedes specialists out there.

There are a few minor road rash nicks and such that any car picks up over 24K miles of driving, so I won’t use dealer words like spotless or pristine that I see here on eBay. But I’m sure whoever buys this car will be more than happy with her. I have closely watched for any others to come up for sale in the last nine years. I have seen less than 15, and all have had over 80K miles, some as many as 125K. This tells me they were well put together, and the engines will hold up. I can’t imagine there are more than a couple of other ones like this is in country, probably none. You won’t be disappointed. She needs a new home.

There’s not much else to say about this C class but “wow.” As the former owner of a 1998 C230, there is a serious lust factor about this car for me, even if it isn’t one of the later V8 beasts. These six cylinder engines are known for being hearty, not to mention smooth runners. For those that want a healthy dose of luxury with a sporting edge, it’s hard to beat these machines. We featured a black 1995 C36 for sale back in May. That car was on offer for $15,600 and had 32,000 miles on the clock. It failed to meet its reserve with a final bid of $11,211. I’d suspect the top end for like-new C36s right now is probably around $10,000 to $13,000, with a car like this reaching the upper end of that range. Whatever the case may be, I doubt we’ll see another C36 with less mileage for quite some time.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG with 32k miles

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It’s been almost 20 years since AMG became fully integrated as an in-house tuning arm with Mercedes-Benz. Founded in 1967, the company got its start with racing engines and took its name from its founders last name initials, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, with the G coming from Großaspach, Aufrecht’s birthplace. In 1990, after years of popular tuning conversions, Mercedes and AMG went into partnership, with their first offspring coming shortly after the introduction of the new C class, C36 AMG.

Appearing hot on the heels of the recently introduced E36 BMW M3, comparisons were accepted. While the BMW was harder edged and offered a manual transmission, the C36 still packed a good punch with the enlarged M104 3.6 liter inline six. A bodykit helped aerodynamics while 17” AMG Monoblocks and revised suspension rounded out the packed. Inside was business as usual, save for a modified gauge cluster and some white leather accents on the steering wheel and shifter. Superseded by the more powerful C43 and C55 AMG models, the C36 has become a bit of an afterthought amongst high performance Mercedes sedans, but if you find a good one, it’s worth scoping out where the Mercedes-AMG marriage got its start. This C36 for sale in New Jersey is a nice, mint, low mileage example waiting to be enjoyed.

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Year: 1995
Model: C36 AMG
Engine: 3.6 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 32,433 mi
Price: $15,600 Buy It Now

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This is a rare Mercedes. In 1995 AMG was only a few years young at Mercedes. They were still a supertuner. This 1995 C36 was given to them and they reworked the whole car to make it into the rocket ship it is today. It is in stunning condition. It runs and drives as new. Please read my feedback and call Jay for your best. Jay 201 232 4040

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Silver seems to be the more prevalent color for the C36, but I’ve always been a fan of black on this car. This C doesn’t have a lot of go fast bits on it to tell you what it’s on about, but if you look closely, you’ll spot the clues. Generally, prices for the C36 have mirrored it’s E36 M3 contemporary, but this example is about the highest priced I’ve seen in recent memory. I’m not sure the seller will pull $15,600. Ultimately, I’d suspect somewhere in the $11,000 to $14,000 range would probably get the deal done. You could get a C43 or C55 with higher mileage for similar cash, but if you want the original collaboration, this is your car.

-Paul

2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Sports Coupe

For some reason, the US market seems to prefer vehicles with a trunk rather than a rear hatch, unless, of course, the car in question is jacked up and has power to all four wheels. Case in point the Mercedes-Benz C class Sport Coupe. Brought to the US market in 2002 in an attempt to reach a larger share of the compact luxury market, it wound up leading a short life in the US market, being withdrawn from the lineup in 2005 and replaced this year by a C class coupe with a more traditional trunk. These C hatchbacks were introduced at a time when Mercedes-Benz reliability was waning, as many less than satisfied owners new to the marque found out. Offered with the supercharged (Kompressor) four cylinder engine or the 3.2 liter V6, both engines could be had with a five speed automatic or 6-speed manual. This C Sport Coupe for sale in Texas has Kompressor engine and, thankfully, the 6 speed manual gearbox. In addition, this car has extremely low mileage for a vehicle that isn’t terribly collectible.

2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Sports Coupe on eBay

Introducing the 2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kimpressor 2 door coupe! This is a one owner, very well maintained vehicle with only 34k original miles. It runs and drives like new! Still has a new car smell. It is equipped with options such as power windows and power locks, power mirrors, A/C with dual zone climate control, dual front and side airbags, cruise control, AM/FM radio with cassette player, 6 disc CD changer, keyless entry and more! All the options function accordingly! The four cylinder, 2.3L engine runs very good and the 6 speed manual transmission shifts smoothly into gears. The black exterior is very good and healthy condition and the gray cloth interior has been kept very clean. The overall condition of this Mercedes C class is great!

Even considering the low mileage, this C Sport Coupe is a bit overpriced at close to $14,000. It also won’t appeal to everyone, as many Benz buyers prefer an automatic transmission. I would say $10,000 to $11,000 would broaden this car’s appeal, and service records or some kind of window into this car’s history would be a must, to see if it suffered from any teething problems common of these W202s. Even though they are much maligned, I like this little Benz, especially with the 6-speed manual. It might not be the fastest or sleekest looking two door hatchback, but it’s an interesting example of an automakers attempt at reaching a new niche in the market only to retreat a few years later and continue with the status quo.

-Paul

1996 Mercedes-Benz C36

The first Mercedes-Benz to be tuned by AMG after the division became an official Daimler-Benz subsidiary was the C36 AMG. A little over a year after the 190E replacement arrived, the C36 was revealed. It featured a 3.4 liter, 276 horsepower inline six mated exclusively to a four speed automatic transmission. With front brakes from the SL600 and rear brakes from the E420, stopping power was upgraded substantially, along with a lower, tauter suspension. Sixty miles per hour could be achieved in 6.3 seconds, a respectable time for any sports sedan of the era. Other than modified lower body cladding, dual exhaust tips and larger, staggered 17” AMG Monoblock rims, little would tip you off into informing you this was anything but an ordinary C class. One turn of the wheel, however, would tell you differently. This C36 for sale in upstate New York is a very clean example of the genesis of AMG as an in-house brand.

1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 on eBay

Relisting my C36 due to the winning bidder not following through with the sale. I can assist with being available for your shipper to pickup the vehicle, or I can pick you up at Albany International Airport.

I’ve been a car collector and enthusiast for over 20 years. My focus has always been German steel with a strong leaning towards BMW’s, Mercedes and Audi’s of the 1990’s. In my opinion, this was an era when cars had more verve and character than a lot of what’s out there today. If you’ve been thinking of cutting back on lease payments yet still want to drive an iconic high performance sports sedan the C36 does it better than anything in my experience. Its a timeless look, and speaking of look, this car still turns heads at gas stations, Cars and Coffee gatherings and at a recent outing to Lime Rock race park this car garnered more looks and questions than the BMW 335i parked next to it.

The fit and finish and overall quality is something we no longer see. I will never tire of the sound of a bank vault when you close the doors. This is the first official production Mercedes AMG vehicle ever and was hand assembled at Affalterbach. AMG took a plain-jane Mercedes C280 inline 6 motor and massage it to 3.6 liters with forged lightweight pistons, a forged and balanced crank and other heavy duty drivetrain components, the end result was a very grunty 270hp powerplant mated to a 4spd transmission that came from an S class and brakes from the SL.

With one of the last lightweight chassis’s Benz ever put out ( 3300lb curb weight ) the C36 had performance stats equal to V8’s of the day, and even by today’s standards the C36 will run with some of the sports sedans . The car will do 0-60 in just under 6 secs and runs the 1/4 mile in 14.2 ., all this while turning 24-25 mpg. This car actually handles very well in the twisties., and this is with stock suspension. My previous C36 had full Koni suspension with Vogtland Cup coils and lightweight BBS wheels and that car was on-par with a BMW M3 I once owned.

This car has been owned by Mercedes Benz fanatics, all adults over 40. It is un-molested. 100% stock, nothing is changed or missing ! Very rare to find in this condition as most of what I’ve come across has been lowered, or modded to some effect. This car was also featured a few years ago in the Mercedes Benz Club of America’s ” Star” magazine by its previous owner who regularly writes for auto magazines. The article was entitled ” Living with Rivals” . It was a comparo between the C36 AMG and the 97 BMW M3, which at one time the owner owned both.

One of the reasons why I strongly feel that this is THE best condition C36 in the USA is that all the major issues that potentially plague these cars once they hit 100K miles have all been addressed already with invoices from a Mercedes only facility. As robust as the 3.6 motor is, they all succumb to a headgasket failure due to a somewhat inferior gasket that AMG used at the time. A few years ago, an updated gasket was made available and once the change has been made its pretty much a lifer.

So in 2011 this car got the headgasket job and the head was re-surfaced, matched and new head bolts were utilized. Also, at the same time and shop, the timing cover, tensioner, pads and VC gasket were done as well. The job was perfect as the car has gone about 10K miles since then and its dry as a bone everywhere!

Also some other key services were performed in the last 16 months:
-Throttle body actuator was rebuilt ( $ 800 )
-New AC condenser ( $ 600 )
-New oem Fuel pump ( $ 300 )
-New spark plugs & coils ( $ 350 )
-transmission fluid service w/ oem fluids.
-Brakes F/R new pads, rotors OEM
-tie rods bushings, tie rods
-strut mounts in the front
-New Goodyear GT tires 225/245’s ( they have about 3K miles on them now )

So to sum it up, this car is good to go for the next 100K miles. It pulls very hard, very smooth and the car goes down the road like a new C36 probably did. No noises, clunks , thumps or anything. No warning lights. AC blows ice cold, all gauges work and illuminate at night. No burnt out bulbs. All windows , power door locks and remote keys work as they should. 2 key fobs are included. The interior is in excellent to mint condition. No funny odors. The C36 smells amazing due to the combination of hides and MB tek materials from that era.
The paint is a solid 8+ condition. All original except the very bottom of the front airdam which I had resprayed to get rid of all the typical road pits from years of driving. The silver paint looks fantastic ! I can only see 2 very miniscule pin size dings. Its very hard to spot them as the car is silver.

Only a garage kept car can attain this preservation as this car was spoiled. I have the clear NY state title in my possession as well as the last 5 yrs worth of service invoices. The original owners manual folio is complete as in includes as are the 4 very rare and always missing C36 AMG floor mats. All this car needs is gas. No stories, and nothing but big smiles to its next owner/caretaker. Pick it up and drive it to California and then some….it won’t flinch at the trip.

Normally, I’d be averse to buying a high performance from the Northeast with over 100,000 miles. However, the owner of this C36 should be commended for maintaining this car to a level which makes it appear like a car a fraction of its age. Average values for a C36 these days tend to run in the $6,000 to $8,000 range. Given the owner’s level of care and maintenance items attended to, anything around $8,000 or so should be just about right for this car. If the mileage was well under 100,000, there might be the room to return even a bit more in terms of resale. Only 5,200 of these understated beasts ever left the factory. I’d say that statistic makes this German hot rod well worth preserving. Good luck to the owner in the sale this time around, as this car deserves to find a good home.

-Paul

1998 Mercedes-Benz C230

There was a lot of reader interest in the W202 C280 Sport we featured a few weeks back, so I figured it would be worth posting another W202, this time, with a slightly different take on the model. What we have here is a three owner, 1998 C230, that includes the non-Kompressor M111 2.3 liter four cylinder and five speed automatic.

While normally this wouldn’t be the most exciting of cars on GCFSB, there’s something special about this particular car. I was the second owner. The current owner is a long time friend who has cared for it as lovingly as I had. With a growing family, he is parting with this car with a heavy heart, as it was as trusty a trusty, reliable motoring companion for both of us.

I purchased this vehicle from American Service Center in Arlington, Virginia in November 2001. At the time, this car had 32,000 miles and was a Starmark Certified Mercedes, undergoing a 130 point plus inspection. Similar to the E320 cabriolet I posted a few weeks ago, this C230 is painted in the rare, special order Moonstone Gray Metallic (paint code #721). The gray MB Tex (leatherette) interior has worn like iron with no blemishes to speak of and the burl wood trim is in good shape with no cracking.

With it’s 5 speed automatic, this C230 can return in the low 30 MPG range on 91 octane. Features include power moonroof, power windows, power heated mirrors, power door locks and eight way power drivers seat. Car also has keyless entry with window and sunroof auto close feature from the outside. Stereo includes 6 disc CD changer in the trunk. The OEM carpet floor mats are still in the plastic wrapping and have never been used. Instead, I had bought Mercedes-Benz accessory all season floor mats. These are much easier to keep clean, as you can simply wash and scrub them to keep them looking like new.

In June 2006, I drove this car to Montvale, New Jersey to Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America June Jamboree. My car took home first place through a popular vote in modern sedan class. At the time, the car had about 72,000 miles and the president of the Mercedes-Benz Club at the time, Jim O’Sullivan, chatted with me in the parking lot about my car and asked me to let him know if I ever sold it.

My friend purchased this car from me when I took delivery of my 2007 C230 sedan in July 2007. At the time he purchased it, the car had 82,000 miles on it. One month prior, I had the entire AC system recharged, along with a small return hose in the system being replaced due to a leak. The AC to this day blows ice cold. Recent work includes an oxygen sensor being replaced in the summer of 2010.

Currently this vehicle has 159,000 miles, most of which are highway miles. Routine maintenance such as oil, coolant and brake fluids have been religiously kept on top of and the car comes with a full service history. It has been serviced at the following dealers/mechanics:

-American Service Center (Arlington, VA)
-Keenan Motors (Doylestown, PA)
-Tysons Corner Mercedes-Benz (Tysons Corner, VA)
-German Automotive Group (Springfield, VA)

The car has a few blemishes and dents consistent with its age and mileage, but the paint still has a glossy, deep shine. There is a small scuffing on the front left rub strip on the bumper, which, with a bit of rubbing compound would buff out. The plastic cap on the wiper arm is also missing, as it came loose in a heavy rain storm. The wheels are in very good shape for it’s age, as many similar Mercedes-Benzes alloys have been ruined due to the caustic nature of the brake dust. There are a few chips that could stand some touch up paint here and there, but not many. There are no chips and scratches on the windshield.

The owner is asking $4,900. Those who have questions regarding the car or are interested can contact me at paulshenriques@hotmail.com. I can answer a lot of questions regarding the history of the car and I can link up serious parties with my friend, the seller. Even at 159,000 miles, you’d be hard pressed to find a W202 these days as well preserved as this one.

-Paul

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport

I’ve always been quite partial to the W202 C class, as I used to own a 1998 C230 and my mother is still running a 2000 C280 with almost 90,000 miles and winces at the thought of giving it up for a lesser vehicle (read: any new mid-sized luxury or near luxury sedan on the market today). These were some of the last over-engineered Mercedes, along with the Geländewagen and R129 SL roadster. With their demise came a new era of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks that, good vehicles as they are, don’t quite capture the classic essence of the marque. Here’s a very tidy C280 sport in Florida with a set of tasty AMG wheels that are thankfully not oversized and period correct.

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport on eBay

Mercedes C280 Sport

You are viewing a stunning, low mile 1999 Mercedes C280 Sport. Only 55k actual miles. No accidents, only two owners. Loaded with AMG wheels with new tires, sport package (sport seats, sport steering wheel, carbon fiber look trim, sport exterior trim, sport suspension). Also loaded with moonroof, 6 CD changer, Bose audio, telephone, dual power seats and much more. Florida owned and rust free. Drives as if new. Looks as if new. No dents or dings. Excellent condition. It will not be easy to find another one like this.

With a little over three days in the auction to go, there’s been a fair amount of bids and the price has reached just under $6,500. With low mileage, a desirable color and the sport package, I could see this C280 fetching maybe between $8,000 and $10,000, at the high end. Clean, low mileage W203s are not much more, but then, they don’t carry the cache of these first generation C class sedans. This isn’t the fastest or most exclusive piece we’ve featured on GCFSB lately, but this is a tasty piece that could serve someone very well as a daily driver for several years to come. Just ask the family (mine) who have owned two.

-Paul

Want A New 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG? This Is Your Chance.

The W202 C class Mercedes-Benz was the first Mercedes model officially breathed on by the tuning firm AMG. Starting as a C36 with a 3.6 liter inline six, the C36 begat the C43 in 1998. Powered by a tuned version of the 4.3 liter V8 from the E430, the C43 cranked out 302 hp which was backed up by a 5 speed automatic from the SL500 with shift points tailored towards more spirited motoring. Here’s a pretty much new example of the C43 with only 12,000 miles for sale.

The seller states:

You are bidding on what might possibly be the lowest mile C43 available in the world. This car looks and smells and drives as new. Not a ding dent or scratch on the whole vehicle and no curb rash on the wheels. This car has everything including the xenon light and rain sensor wiper package as well as the CD changer and the original built in phone as well. I have both keys and all the books as well as the original window sticker.

It is the nicest example of a C43 for sale today and you will find for a long time. This car would make a great part of a collection or just a great daily driver as well. Everything works as it should and the AC is super cold and no rust on the vehicle at all and you could eat off of the engine bay. Any buyer of this car will be very pleased with this vehicle. Please e-mail me with any questions you might have and i will do my best to answer them. Thanks again!!

The car is listed for sale locally at a price of 25k or best offer and i reserve the right to end the auction early due to local sale.

As a former owner of both a W202 C230 (1998) and a W203 C230 (2007), I have to say, I preferred the W202 better. It just seemed like more of what a classic Mercedes should be about. I’ve driven many V8 powered Mercedes-Benzes over the years, but never a C43. I could imagine it would be right up my alley though; relatively small in size, big engine and tighter handling. At $25,000, this is way beyond the top end of what one would pay for any version of the W202 C class. If you want the best, though, this is probably going to be it.

-Paul