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Old 11-12-2005, 06:53 PM
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C43 Amg??

are there any known problems with these? I have the c280, I want to get an amg. I have test driven one of these and man was this thing so fast. anyone here currently have one? if so, would you recommend it?
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:02 PM
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Start saving money for parts.
Regular maintenance items ( brakes, etc. ) are very expensive.
Yeah, I'm sure it is a fun car, if you can afford the insurance & parts.
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:46 PM
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I had a C36 and liked it. However, the warning on parts prices is to be heeded. Much of the car is a "normal" C-Class, and uses "normal" inexpensive parts, but anything unique to the AMG model is EXPENSIVE.

Since the engine is an M113 V-8, watch for a faulty harmonic balancer. There are some 722.6 issues and the C43 seems to have a high number of them.
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:39 PM
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Relax. The normal wear parts have come down considerably for the C43/C36. The C43 motor is a strong one, but plug changes can be arduous, as there are a lot of them. Other than that, regular oil changes should see you through. Brakes are about 3x the price of a regular W202, so about $150.00 for a front disc or so. Everything else about the suspension is regular W202. They are magnificent cars, as you have found, and good value for the money these days.
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:19 AM
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Relax. The normal wear parts have come down considerably for the C43/C36. The C43 motor is a strong one, but plug changes can be arduous, as there are a lot of them
Yeah sure, 16 sparkplugs @ $ 10.00 + each = $ 160.00. plus the pain in the ass of removing/installing them.
I'd rather spend $ 28.00 and 1/2 hour installing 4 plugs on my car.
Do your own research & tell me if the C 43 is economical.
I already know it's fun.
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Old 11-13-2005, 11:00 AM
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Yes, they are a pain to do a plug change on, but I'm sure I'm not alone in considering the '90s AMG cars as good value currently.
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Old 11-13-2005, 11:14 AM
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I looked at a very nice C 43, at my local dealer, about 6 months ago.
Could have bought it at a very good price.
The only thing that discouraged me , aside from the colour ( red ), was the price of parts.
The car was on the lot for 5 or 6 month, before a real AMG enthusiast purchased it.
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