Buying used: Mercedes-AMG C63

Buying used: Mercedes-AMG C63
Buying used: Mercedes-AMG C63

The 2008 to 2015 model is a benchmark in either saloon or estate form

Back in 2008 you had the chance to buy the C63 in either saloon or estate form. Whichever version you went for, you were assured of blistering performance, performance handling (with consequently firm ride) and one other aspect that means many of these rip snorters have had quite a few owners.

Fuel consumption is not nice. If it has the uprated power of the Performance Pack and if you use all the power available it’s quite possible to get fuel consumption that can dip into single figures. Owners tend to enjoy the car for a while but the fuel costs are a bit of a sickener and, with the initial excitement fading, they tend to sell the cars on.

In 2008 the cars came with the 7G-tronic auto transmission and if you went for the Performance Pack you got a limited slip diff. That was dropped from the pack the following year, but there was a power hike instead. By 2011 there was a facelift that included a new body in the form of the Coupe. You could have a Coupe AMG Black Series, with 510bhp and some eye-catching styling accents. If you want one of those now you’ll need at least £80,000 which is equally eye-catching.

Whichever version you go for, this is a well-built car, and while there are stories of corroded rear cylinder head bolts and noisy camshafts, the actual reality seems rarer than the stories. There can be issues with lambda and thermostat, but those aren’t terminal.

These cars do tend to use oil, a litre or two, between services, so check the level. Do listen for noisy cams, but it’s not that common. Also check the oil-filled engine mounts haven’t failed – you’ll get more vibration if they have, and they’re £400 to fix.

Standard discs are sensibly priced but if you have the Performance Pack’s discs you’ll be looking at £400 a pop instead of about £70.

The stiff suspension means the cabin can creak here and there and there can also be an annoying rattle from the right of the dashboard on the pre-facelifted cars.

Assuming you like what you see, and you’re not put off by the thought of fuel consumption rarely if ever reaching 20mpg, then how much should you pay?

Prices start in the £16,500 to 20,000 bracket, which will net you a pre-facelift car with, if you’re lucky, mileages the first time around. If you can stretch to about £23,000 then mileages should be around 60,000 for either saloons or estates.

The early facelifted cars come in around £23,000 to £25,000 although they’ll be high milers. Low mileage earlier cars will peak about here.

The first coupes come in around £25,000 to £28,000 along with other models with about 55,000 miles on. Nearer £30,000 will bring the mileages down further and you’ll probably be getting main dealer stock. Over that figure you’ll find the late plate, low mileage examples of the last cars.

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