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A face-lefted e420 MY 1995.

the looks fit for classic and modern cars, the performance is good enough for me, more prestigious and I believe has more space.

My opinion.
 

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C43 AMG not only has updated engine, but being AMG is more collectible car.
Not too many Americans fit into C class too well, so if you are tall make sure you are comfortable in it.
 

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C43 AMG not only has updated engine, but being AMG is more collectible car.
Not too many Americans fit into C class too well, so if you are tall make sure you are comfortable in it.
6'4" 260lbs here. C class not an option.
But, I'd consider a 500 too if I were looking at a c43.
 

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I thought of getting the c43, driving it for a few years, then turning it into a track car. At 3400 lbs. the car should be fairly light after gutting it. Should be fun to drive versus the larger E-class.
 

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C43 USA DELIVERY:
1998 579 UNITS
1999 546 UNITS
2000 22 - 25 UNITS

Relatively inexpensive now, will appreciate as it's the first AMG V8 in the small chassis.
Quick, nimble, well appointed with great fit and finish...
Just check mileage and if the transmission has been serviced replacing fluid and filter by 50K-60K miles.
Merc didn't recommend transmission fluid change, but those that haven't had a trans service tend to see problems around 90K miles...
 

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My first concern was the C43 build quality compared to the e-class. I would assume they are similar.
 

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I've driven several C43s. I would take that over an E420 unless I was looking for a comfortable highway cruiser in which case I'd choose the E420 which is more stately but still has some kick-in-the-pants fun.

Driving my 400E on the highway and gently curving two lane roads is a lot of fun and best suits that car. The C43 is more of a go, go, go vehicle with some collectivity being an AMG.

If I was taller than 6'1" I'd feel too tight for the C43.
 

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C class cars are tiny. I find even the 124's, except the wagons, on the small side, but doable.

500E hands down...shoot me, but I think it's one of the most stellar cars of the last century.::p

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C class cars are tiny. I find even the 124's, except the wagons, on the small side, but doable.

500E hands down...shoot me
I have to agree, rear leg room in the W124 sedans is particularly non-existent, don't get me started on the coupe.. I only have to imagine in restrained horror at how cramped the rear seating in the C-Class is, but if you don't have any friends I suppose it wouldn't be an issue, or if you do just shoot them when they praise the 500E :surrender:
 

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Well, I guess the first thing would be to take a test drive. I am a little bummed out, considering I am 6'3". Looks like I will need a comfortable racing seat, if one exists.:confused:

Do these cars have tilt steering wheel?

If I have enough room to move the seat all the way back, (as I do with every car), I really don't care about who has room in the back. Once the car goes to the track, there will not be a back seat.
 

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Well, I guess the first thing would be to take a test drive. I am a little bummed out, considering I am 6'3". Looks like I will need a comfortable racing seat, if one exists.:confused:

Do these cars have tilt steering wheel?
No, they have the option of motoring in & out...not tilt. The seat adjusts very well though.:thumbsup:

Kevin
 
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