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1998 Mercedes Benz C43 AMG $7500

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  • 1998 Mercedes Benz C43 AMG $7500

    Hey guys!

    I bought this car about a month ago, drove it daily to work for a while and decided it's not for me. It needs work, but drives nice and my asking price is cheap. For those who don't know the C43 has a 4.3l handbuild AMG V8 that makes 302hp. It's a riot to drive and is one of the fastest cars I've ever driven. It has 117,xxx miles on it. they only made about 1400 of them so they are damn rare too which was one of the reasons I became so interested in finding one. Besides Drew's (expo5.0) silver one I don't know if there are any other ones in ffice:smarttags" />minnesota. This is a rare opportunity to get into one of these for under $10k. It needs some love but has a lot of potential.

    The good:

    -Very strong engine. Drove 1200 miles without missing a beat.

    -tranny shifts smooth

    -new shifter box

    -seats/interior are in good shape

    - o2 sensors replaced in september

    -harmonic balancer replaced in october

    -synthetic oil change done like 20 miles ago

    -i had some bridgestone blizzaks mounted when i got the oil change

    -new tabs

    The bad:

    -when the harmonic balancer was replaced a leak was identified near the water pump. It must be a small leak because I have never had to top off the coolant, and neither had the previous owner. the part is $220, and it's 2.5 hours of labor time. the pump is located on the top front of the motor, and I have detailed instructions on how to replace it. Looks like a straight forward enough job but since I'm not keeping the car, I don't have much desire to work on it.

    -paint is dented and scratched. It bothers me quite a bit, but you might not care. I have found no rust, except for a spot developing in the trunk near the spare tire.

    -various odds and ends broken. cup holder, some light bulbs, shifter knob is loose, crack on the wood trim on passenger side, the display on the stock stereo is missing characters etc.

    -the orthapedic part of the seats work off and on. From what i've read there is a vacuum junction box under the hood that commonly cracks and can cause this issue, but I havent looked into it any further.

    -needs the switch on the brake pedal replaced. will cause an abs error if not replaced.

    -wheel in spare tire area is cracked. will need to be replaced

    -engine compartment is goopy in places. maybe a valve cover gasket leaking?

    I'm sure there is more things that need to be done, but this is what I've noticed in my short ownership, and what i knew of before I bought it. If I think of anything else I will update this thread.

    Other than the stuff mentioned above it seems like a solid car. The things i don't like about it are kinda nit picky I know, but after driving this for a couple weeks i missed my E36 328i so much that i couldn't even fathom selling it for the Mercedes. I don't really like the driving position, or the build quality of the interior components (the way the buttons press etc.) plus I realized that the scratches and dents were bothering me more than I thought initially. It has lots of character though, and lots of cool options like auto dimming mirrors, heated windshield squirters etc. I listed it for $8k on Autotrader, but I just want to get my money back, and what I've put into it. Not trying to profit. I would take $7500 or something very close to it on the spot. I really would like this to go to a fellow MN car guy, it's such a rare car and they look awesome modded.

    I want to make sure that whoever buys it is comfortable with their purchase, and that everything wrong with the car has been explained so there is no misunderstandings. I have nothing to hide, the car can be taken in for an inspection at a shop of a potential buyers choice, but my price is pretty firm, and much below typical market value for one of these cars. With a little bit of time and money thrown at it, it would be a very nice car. But make no mistake it could be driven everyday the way it is. I have pictures from the previous owner, but I will take my own when I get home tonight. Any questions respond to this thread, pm, or call my cell at 612.327.5680. Thanks! -Aaron

    1990 M3/1998 M3 Sedan

  • #2
    here are some more pics i snapped as promised. I will be washing it and stuff on friday or saturday and ill take some better ones. if anyone who is genuinely interested has any pic requests please let me know.

    1990 M3/1998 M3 Sedan


    • #3
      Cool car. Good luck on the sale.
      1986 Mercedes 190e 2.3-16 Cosworth:


      • #4
        *******************PICS FROM TODAY************

        Here's inside the car wash before I sprayed a drop of water on it

        Here's outside the car wash. I wanted to take as many pics as I could while I was here before I drove back to do the inside and got the car all full of road crud.

        Dents in the front fender.

        It's kinda hard to see, but there is a scratch to the left of the AMG badge, it was cleaned up with touch up paint.

        Here is the rust I found in the trunk. I took the battery out when I first discovered it, and the rest of the tray is still solid metal. this spot is going to need attention sooner or later though.

        Interior shots. My favorite part of the car.

        Wood trim on pass side is cracked. I didn't notice til I got home with the car. Little bit of a bummer but not super noticable.

        1990 M3/1998 M3 Sedan


        • #5

          Engine pics.

          Made it home, covered her up. Hopefully she'll stay clean for a little while.

          If anyone wants any more pictures let me know. During the week is kinda hard because When I leave for work it's dark, and when I get home it's pretty much dark but I will be around tomorrow also. Thanks for looking.
          1990 M3/1998 M3 Sedan


          • #6
            Really got my interest piqued now that it's clean aaaaaaaaaarron. :hogan:
            Chris L.

            Spray paint and tire shine doesn't equate to a "restoration!"


            • #7
              1990 M3/1998 M3 Sedan


              • #8

                Last edited by aaronmjr; 01-07-2008, 03:09 PM.
                1990 M3/1998 M3 Sedan


                • #9
                  Get Hookers!!!!
                  "It is needless to say that self-propelling vehicles, like other machines, will never do as much for one who does not understand them as for one who does."