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Old 09-08-2004, 11:34 PM
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Please offer opinions on a 1996 C280

I have an opportunity to buy a 1996 C280 with 105k miles. It is owned by a second owner, it has all books and records, maintained by dealership.

Any opinions on this car?

I am used to 124 series and I am not famailiar with this series at all, other than possibly the engine.

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Old 09-08-2004, 11:56 PM
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I look at W202's as 7/8th W124's.

I like them a lot.

1996 C280's have a 2.8 liter version of the M104 engine. I suppose I'd look for head gasket leaks.
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Old 09-09-2004, 12:05 AM
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It is a very mechanically sound car. M104 engine is a great engine with the exception of the potential headgasket leaks. 722.4 tranny is a very long-lived tranny. If it is in good condition and has all the records, you should consider it.
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Yeah, that's right. It has the same transmission as Haasman and my 124.032.

In 1997 they went to the 5 speed transmission, which was very problematic, and wasn't completely updated until the latter half of 1999.
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Old 09-09-2004, 12:52 AM
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Is 96 post the disintegrating engine wiring harness era?

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Old 09-09-2004, 02:52 AM
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Thanks for the comments

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Old 09-09-2004, 09:29 AM
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Fun car!

My '97 C230, w/ the 4-cyl engine, is fun and peppy to drive (absent the A/C; that does slow it down some -- but you can downshift on the tranny to compensate). At the same time, it has the traditional Benz qualities of solidity and safety.

In the C-Class color catalog I bought recently, one of the car magazines is quoted as saying that the C-Class "absolutely begs to be taken by the scruff of the neck and driven hard."

Your 6-cyl model should exhibit even more of this quality than my 4.
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Old 09-09-2004, 09:43 AM
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Is 96 post the disintegrating engine wiring harness era?

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Nope. Best reason to pick the 96 over the 95.

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