I mentioned in this thread (#56) discussing the BaT auction for the 1993 500E in Denver that I would be testing the waters with a C36.
For anyone interested in this car, please PM me. I'm offering this first to anyone on the 500EBoard to see if a new home can be found for it rather to the listing going on BaT. This gives a member a chance first (as well as save themselves the BaT 5% buyers fee) of buying this example.
The brief history of the car is that I won the auction on BaT (link). The car was local to me which made it more attractive as I did not have to add transport fees. My reason for selling is by chance I found, inspected (thanks Jlaa!), and purchased a 1995 C36 in Imperial Red (link) soon after which I am now going through the process of restoring.
Things which have been done on this car:
- OEM Ignition coils installed
- OEM Bilstein shocks (specific to the C36 and carry AMG part numbers) were sourced and installed
- Sagging headliner was replaced by new OEM headliner
- Moonroof sliding shade was reupholstered (given original was also sagging and replacement was unavailable from MB) to match both the color (black) and texture (velour) of the material at the edges of the headliner
- OEM gas cap was sourced
- I replaced the 4 original exterior B pillar covers with OEM black ones (as the condition of the originals distracted from the condition of the car as a faux carbon fiber design is wearing thin). It also makes the car a bit more subtle like the our 500E/E500 cars (as you have to know what to look for in order to discern it from the other models). The originals B pillar covers are included with the car.
- Radio card was ordered from Becker Autosound
- AMG pedals for Emergency Brake, Brake, and Accelerator have been installed (black rubber originals are included with the car)
- Windshield reservoir has been filled with MB summer fluid mix
- Interior. The car is mint - no cracks, rips, tears, or scratches. There is nothing which is needed to be done. The center console storage lid does stick (a known problem in all W202s after use). Fix is a replacement plastic piece which has been ordered. The center console cup holder wood could use a refinishing at Madera.
- Exterior. Immediately I discovered why in the BaT auction there were no close up shots of the car from the exterior. The reason is that the black (040) finish showed a lot of swirls from improper care when cleaning. The entire car has had professional paint correction from Odds & Ends in Sterling, VA. There are some chips in the paint on the hood (all paint/panels are original). Additionally, there were tiny dents which required and received PDR.
Things which still need to be addressed:
- The driver (left) side rocker panel needs to be repainted/replaced. The seller noted this in the previous BaT sale and it is from someone putting it on a lift improperly which damaged the paint.
- The valve cover shows signs of the blistering which is common with this magnesium alloy part on all W202s. After so many heat cycles, the paint loses its adhesion to the alloy which may not have received the proper outgassing and prep prior to painting. Dave @ Renewed Finishes can fix this.
- Car came with 2 keys (1 wireless, 1 valet). The wireless one worked initially and then stopped working (which I suspect is a loose connection from when I replaced the battery)
The car has an updated upper wiring harness (which for this model is specific to the year and costs ~$2K) so no issues others of that era were known to deteriorate and cause CEL illumination.
The CD changer in this car is factory. Not many of these got this option, but this one has it and it works. The interesting thing is that its placement at the center of the trunk prevents the panel which hides the spare to be held open. This was a design oversight by MB.
Also included in the sale is:
- 17” spare tire insert with a tool carrier from a W140. The 16” is included as well but I always liked the fact that Mercedes had a kit which included MB tools and white gloves for handling the tires.
- MB air compressor
For those of you not as familiar with the C36, it is the first car manufactured by Mercedes post the 1994 purchase of a controlling interest of AMG.
- By Year
- 1995: 401
- 1996: 296
- 1997: 199
- Total production: 896 which equated to 58.6% (so more rare) of the 500E/E500 manufacturing for the U.S. market in a similar production duration of 3 years.
I'm happy to share more pictures to show exterior, interior, trunk, and engine bay in greater detail. Whoever gets this car will not be disappointed.