Congratulations on your new car. Which C AMG have you bought? Apologies if i’ve missed it.So it seems we now have 2 silver amg estates on our drive!
Collected the c class on Thursday following inspection at the weekend. This one is in really very nice condition. I know the rear arches have had work so they look lovely but it has a full SH, unworn brakes, spotless wheels and a really nice interior. Doesn't go badly at all as long as you allow for the slightly dim 5 sp box but its better than the hideous outgoing dsg malarky. Its off for a few bits and pieces next week and then it will be handed over to swmbo to be daily transport once I have child proofed the interior.
I shall be interested to see how they compare, I may even get around to writing a compare and contrast in due course.
Thanks for all the input
Yeah I've been looking at jap imports due to the rust issue, more concerned about the non engine random bills that pop up. My e350 has been a pain and it's only got 60k miles on it, although this is more likely caused by the previous owner failing to maintain it properly.Hi, just wondering how you were getting on with the c55 estate? I've noticed they are a lot of car for the money but the reliability scares me (currently have an 09 e350)...
Hi Jeroen . If I had a 09 e350 instead of a 2006 C55 AMG with 150K miles on it I would be more worried about potential expensive breakdowns than I do right now. The M113 V8 is pretty much billed as the best engine MB ever built as far as reliability goes . Everything else still works on mine, it is a very 'analogue' car ie: most of it can be worked on DIY with spanners and hand tools. It is 'old school' even new and costing £50+K in 2006 it was the end of the line for the W203.
The only thing , and in my opinion it is a BIG thing is the rust, it let's the marque down in a big way on the W203's despite everyone saying the later ones were galvanised they can rust. It's a bit of a lottery , some are fine , most are not . Japanese imports usually have no rust.
That sounds like a good mix then! I can live with 16-25mpg etc but think I will need to replace my car with 2 cars anyway, definitely will be an option come time to replace the e class!Jerome. I have had mine more than 5 years as (up until Covid) a daily driver , I still drive it at least once a week all year round , it lives parked outside.
Let's turn a blind eye to the rust for a moment . Other than consumables , tyres , brake parts etc (all can be found for very reasonable prices) and basic service work the only things that have broken are...
The CD multiplayer in the glove box sometimes can't be bothered to come to life.
The rear hatch lock sometimes needs a good slam to get it to latch, I will get around to that soon.
I had to replace the parking brake splitter , this can be a pain in the a$$ and is common to all W203's not just C55's
And that is it , all of it ....
Seriously . This is a very basic car . As it gets older I am sure other W203 gremlins might pop up , HVAC actuators breaking is one that springs to mind , cheap parts but a big job to remove the dash to make the fix.
The gearbox is bulletproof with correct servicing , and by modern standards 360 bhp from 5.4 litre V8 is a pretty low output = under stressed drivetrain.
PS , if you have to ask about real time fuel consumption you shouldn't buy one .
But I will tell you anyway . 16mpg urban - 25mpg motorway.