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Old 06-03-2004, 11:21 PM
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weak points of the C36 AMG


I am considering getting a 1995 C36 AMG with 108K this weekend , I was wondering if there are weak points to the
AMG, Like transmission life and problems ,(only 5spd Mercedes for me ever) vavle adjustment and cylinder head rebuilds , timing chain is still a chain ,right?? Are parts hard to come by being only 400 of them here in the US, and any thing else i should know about the C36



240D 4spd
300D 5 spd
300E 5 spd
190E 5 spd
190e-16v 5spd
190E-16v 5 spd
300SD auto (sold)

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Old 06-04-2004, 02:58 AM
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try and

Those have a lot more C36s on their forums.

The main one is look for the engine wiring harness, and make sure that the C36 motor is really still there in the engine bay.
Current Stable:
1994 S500 v140, 210k miles, white with grey.

Former Mercedes in the Stable:
1983 300CD Turbo diesel 515k mi sold (rumor has it, that it has 750k miles on it now)
1984 300CD Turbo Diesel 150 k mi sold
1982 300D Turbo Diesel 225 sold
1987 300D Turbo Diesel 255k mi sold
1988 300 CE AMG Hammer 15k mi sold
1986 "300E" Amg Hammer 88k mi sold (it was really a 200, not even an E (124.020)
1992 500E 156k mi sold
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Old 06-07-2004, 03:19 AM
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As with too many M104's you can get a head gasket oil leak. Not that bad (mostly messy oil leak) but the replacement head gasket is AMG specific and VERY pricey. Aside from that, if its standard C class its relatively inexpensive, if its AMG specific, you will pay a premium. Wiring harness is worth a closer look. For a 95 model you have the 4 speed tranny which is MUCH better option in that car than the 5 speed longterm.

Hope this helps,

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