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Old 12-07-2002, 05:33 PM
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1997 Mercedes C36 w/ 80+ miles

Hello all.
i may aquire a 1997 C36 soon.
This car has over 80K miles.
i am seeking technical advice. what trouble areas and maintenance areas should i look for?

timing belt and etc.?

thanks so much in advance!
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Old 12-07-2002, 05:47 PM
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We sold our 1995 C36 with 110,000 miles showing. Not a single problem...

Regular maintenance should do the trick. Nothing special needed at your low mileage. MB engines don't have timing belts. The double row timing chain in your M104 engine should last at least another 80K-miles if you change the oil/filter frequently. Probably much longer than that.

For an inspection I would check: (in addition to fluids/filters/etc.)

Front flex disk.

Front lower control arm bushings.

Steering damper.

All shocks.

Poly V-belt.

The new owner of our C36 had a very thorough PPI done, including leak-down and compression tests. The engine ran new spec on all six pots. Dead even. These AMG cars are very durable, and can last a very long time with care.
John Shellenberg
1998 C230 "Black Betty" 240K

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Old 12-08-2002, 12:15 AM
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Thanks for the info

thanks for the info.
i have a well kept white C36 that i gave to my mom.
it has 60K miles. no issues at all.
i just wanted to know what to look out for when a 1997 car reaches 90K miles.

good to hear that the car is bullet proof. i might get a good deal on this car..

take care...
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