1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C36 AMG 3.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Best all-round car ever made. Brilliant
One broke spring at 120,000 miles.
One broke spring at 160,000 miles (£200 fitted).
Windscreen winder mechanism at 155,000.
Cat converter broke up at 120,000 miles.
This is without a doubt, one of the most solid cars ever built.
Basically just as reliable as any W202 C-Class, but with 300 BHP and touring car handling.
Sharp looking car. Lovely AMG wheels are very strong if you are unlucky and hit a nasty pot-hole.
Barely any rust after 17 British winters.
Everything is over-engineered for reliability and durability. Nothing major mechanical has ever gone wrong.
Chain driven cam never needs attention, and saves the costly replacement of cam belts.
Parts are however cheap. Pads, discs, wheel bearings etc are very cheap.
Hardly any servicing needed. Just oil and pads.
The engine is still as sweet as a nut.
Very fast at 155mph electronically limited.
Just under 300 BHP.
Mine has run happily on LPG since it was fitted by the previous owner at 80,000 miles.
Ride is very firm.
Leather seats are very comfortable and very hard-wearing. Still not through the driver's bolster.
Handles very well. Never close to swapping-ends.
Kicks ass at the lights. Has beaten a few M3s.
A bit thirsty around town on petrol.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2013