This car is an interesting piece of used German metal. And I’ll start by admiting that I had the pleasure of owning and daily driving a used C36 AMG for a few years…and it wasn’t a bad car. The AMG tuned 3.6 liter M104 inline-6 is melodious instrument and it belted out 286 horsepower into a 5 speed slushbox that snapped off shifts like a SIG Sauer. It didn’t have the same steering feedback of an E36 M3 (had one of those too) and it wanted you to drive it more like a muscle car than a sports machine…but it wasn’t a bad vehicle at all, and I would recommend one to someone looking for a cheap future classic from Stuttgart. However…would I recommend one that needs to be towed home because the key was broken and the paint is covered in a vinyl wrap? Only if the price was…wow. That’s cheap. Find this 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG offered for $1500 in Denver, CO via craigslist.
The Mercedes C36 was the first car produced by AMG after Mercedes purchased them. The C36 was the successor to 190E 16V as Mercedes compact performance car. It was a very expensive car when new and competed directly with the BMW E36 M3. The engine, square edged styling, brakes, and build quality were without fault. […]
In the fall of last year, the decision was made to sell my long time project car after realizing it did not made sense to have a wagon as a weekend driver. I had been following a listing for a 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG the better part of six months out on on the very […]
When presented the choice of repairing a failed head gasket on the stock 3.2 engine or swapping in a C36 AMG engine, I chose the later. Neo in the Matrix chose the red pill and we have been down similar rabbit holes ever since. The 2.8, 3.2, and 3.6 Mercedes M104 straight six engines all […]
In the mid 1990s most people were still driving slow cars and anything that hit 60mph in less than 8 seconds (or so) was considered pretty quick. Naturally, a Mercedes-Benz sedan that could hit 60mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph was a bit of a surprise, but in 1995 […]