First time poster here, my apologies. I am a Senior Member over at MBWorld, so there are people there that can vouch for me as a non-sketchy individual.
Ok, here goes: I'm ready for the next project, so I'm throwing this out there to see what happens. Possibly for sale is my ~435HP/420TQ Stage 2+ 2002 (W203) Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG, VIN #WDBRF65JX2F265758. I searched for a long time to find one in this condition and color/interior combination. I purchased this car two years ago from the original owner with 54,285 miles and have only put ~14K on it in two years. It is my summer ride (a winter daily-driver is a necessity in MI for people who really love their cars), and is always garaged, always meticulously maintained with Mobil 1 in the crankcase, Redline in the diff and OEM PH-correct MB coolant (the orange stuff) in the radiator. The car has never been in an accident or re-painted, tracked or auto-crossed - clear title, clean Carfax, of course. During my ownership of the car, I systematically went through it to upgrade components with proven and well-supported mods to reduce weight and increase performance. While I was at it I preemptively addressed any known shortcomings of the W203 chassis (most detailed in TSBs). Basically, the buyer of this car will be getting a used Benz without used Benz problems. All upgrades are extremely clean and tasteful, and all performed within the last few thousand miles. I've also been an active participant on MBWorld and other forums, so it won't be hard to find people who can vouch for the condition of the car and my high standards of care. This is the kind of car that would be a CPO car if you paid the upcharge to purchase it from a dealer.
Color: Brilliant Silver Metallic (a $1200 option!)
Interior: AMG perforated graphite nappa leather with dark blue inserts
Engine: 3.2 liter supercharged V6
Transmission: SpeedShift 5-speed auto-manual (left flick to downshift, right flick to upshift)
Miles: ~68,800 as of writing this post
No winters while in my ownership - rarely even sees rain as I have a separate poor weather/daily driver car.
Standard: You guys know all this stuff.
Options:I think mine has all U.S. options, except phone (hands-free integration w/ nav and emergency roadside is present, just not the phone itself - you need a Motorola)
Here is a list of a few features off the top of my head:
a) Navigation (COMAND) with voice stereo integration - will include the couple of discs I have as well.
b) Xenon High Intensity Discharge headlights
c) Front and rear side airbags
d) Power rear sunshade
e) Dual-stage heated seats
f) 6 disc Compact Disc Changer (OEM Alpine unit in glove box) - I've been told they have an aux input for iPod but I don't own one so I never looked.
g) Headlight cleaners (high pressure water, hidden in front bumper)
h) Metallic paint
i) Blue glass w/rain sensing windshield wipers
j) Integrated gate & garage-door opener (HomeLink in MB-speak).
k) Rear ski bag / pass-through
$7,100 = E v o sport Stage II + Installation
- 7" Crankshaft overdrive pulley
- Aluminum water pump pulley
- Aluminum alternator pulley
- Aluminum power steering pulley
- Two (2) belt tensioners w/ belt
- Ceramic Coated Performance Headers (these are $1500 + installation alone!)
- Denso Iridium IK16 Plugs (set of 12)
- Magnecor 8mm plug wires
- SL55 intake splitter and hose
- Green filters (2)
- Powerchip/E v o sport custom-tuned evolution 2 software
Power Gains (CA 91 Octane)*:
- +3 lbs Boost (0.2 bar)
- Improved air flow
- 435 HP (75-85 RWHP)
- 420 FT-LB (70-80 RWTQ)
http://www.E v o sport.com/images/product/engine/E v o sport/dyno_es_evo2_c32.gif (take spaces out to see)
*Note: this is E v o sport's results on a Dynojet 248 dynamometer in Huntington Beach CA. for the same model car, same mods, assuming ~18% drivetrain loss.
$3,200 = Quaife ATB differential
+ Installation - the stock C32 does not come with an LSD, and it desperately needs one!
$700 = Renntech springs (Renntech Products PDF
) + installation - a popular way to get a nice 1.5" to 2" drop and dial out some understeer, without making the C32 too hard for the streets. Better than the H&R springs too, because they match the OEM shock damping rates. These are considered the best aftermarket spring for the C32, only beat by full coilovers.
$180 = E v o sport pre-fabbed stainless resonator replacement pipe + installation - just recently did this, and I love it. Nice, throaty sound but no drone. CARB legal, not emissions related. Resonator included.
$100 = Ford Lightning Intercooler pump upgrade, (installed on own) including new OEM connector to allow easy r&r of future units of same type if necessary.
This vehicle has not been tracked. However, similarly equipped C32s run around 4.3-4.5 second 0-60mph, 12.6-12.7 second 1/4 miles @ around 113-116mph, top speed 185-190 (search YouTube for "C32 Autobahn" for videos of Germans who did top speed runs with theirs).
I wanted a sleeper so the cosmetic mods are very minimal. I was going to tint darker than the factory blue glass (see Moleskin below) but decided to leave that to the next owner as it is such a personal decision.
- OEM 2004+ C32 AMG aluminum foot pedal set.
- Clear front corner markers (original ambers included).
- Moleskin kit for window tint (brand new, uninstalled since the car has only factory/OEM blue glass tint so far) - this is an absolute necessity of you want aftermarket tint such as 3M film, because the C32 window trim tolerances are so tight.
Recent Maintenance / Other New Parts:
- Brand new $1100 set of Yokohama ADVAN S.4. ultra high performance all-season tires
(less than 400 miles), Y-rated to in excess of 186 MPH but can still handle rain/light snow - the ultimate touring tire for this car (NOTE: Mercedes-Benz has a TSB out specifically listing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S as not suitable for this chassis due to road noise).
- New OEM windshield - original was cracked by a rock from a truck on the highway.
- New driver's side door seal - I was detecting a slight increase in wind noise and this took care of it.
- Front sway bar end links, bushings, etc rebuilt with OEM parts (starting to squeak and wanted to tighten up the handling). This is common to the W203 chassis - watch those eBay cars!
- OEM Valeo radiator replaced/upgraded to Behr + new fluids as a preventative measure since the stock unit is a known failure point on this chassis.
- Included: almost all parts to return to stock if desired.
The Bad (see pics):
- There are the usual paint chips from highway travel on the front fascia/bumper that I elected not to have re-sprayed because I thought it more valuable to be able to demonstrate with a paint gauge that this car has never had any body work of any kind. Small enough that pics don't show them well but they are there. Nothing below the top paint layers/down to metal.
- Once or twice within the last few months, I noticed the fuel gauge deliver what I thought was an incorrect reading. This may be nothing, but I'm disclosing it for clarity. The dealer could not find anything wrong when they saw it for spring maintenance.
- Shifter knob "C32" decal plate is bubbled. I planned to buy a lighted aftermarket shift knob (a popular mod), so never addressed this.
- Clear coat chipped approx. 2.5" on left front rim.
Enough already, get to the pictures!