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Unhappy UGH-troubles with my new 2001 C240

Hello Benz World! I just got a 2001 C240, clean title and carfax and it is beautiful. THEN I took it to a shop to have it serviced. I paid $6400 for the car. no charge for's the write up:
FAULT CODES: P2050, P2051, P2053, P2054, and P2055. This is associated with coils, spark plugs, and ignition wires.
P2083, P2010 - rear oxygen sensors.
-136 Can Bus Communication
-147 Gear Implausible or slipping
-148 Torque converter lock up
-C1025 In the ABS Control Module
-Spark Plugs, wires, and coils should be replaced
-Front lower ball joints and control arm bushings have play
-Front Struts and rear shocks are worn
-Transmission is leaking fluid through wiring plug and at pan gasket
-Front brake pads and rotors need replacement.

So what am I looking at here? How do I prioritize these repairs? Pretty sure I'm screwed on returning the car. If I get everything fixed, how much will I be out and will I have a realiable, safe car for a few years?
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Step one, I'd say post into the specific forum for your car, the W202 forum. The general one kind of encompasses everything benz, so it's not the best. There are also DIYs in the 202 forum that will give you a hand.

That said, if you're not a DIYer, I'd suggest you sell the car and avoid older MBs without a warranty.

You don't mention mileage, which would be a help, too.

That said, the ATF leak in the connector is pretty common, and it's easy enough to change yourself. That may be triggering the trans codes because the fluid has likely saturated the TCM, which typically recovers if properly cleaned. If the AT has never been serviced, that should be done as well.

Wires and coils go for quite a long time and are changed when they fail (usually indicated by specific misfire codes, but you can independently test the wires). Plugs are 100K items, as are O2 sensors, but if the sensors are coding they should be changed regardless of mileage. All of these are simple enough DIY projects, too.

Speaking of DIY, the brakes on your car are some of the easiest on the market to change.

Of course the suspension components are worn, it's a used car. There may be a large chasm between "worn" and "needs replacement". Second and third opinions are always useful and not just for that, but for everything.

Hope that helps and good luck.

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Thanks for the reply and tips. While I myself am not a DIY'er, I have family that are. Hoping the ATF leak when fixed will make the other codes go away. That's what had me the most nervous. Thanks again!
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