RE: The £15k C63 AMG: Spotted

RE: The £15k C63 AMG: Spotted

Wednesday 15th May

The £15k C63 AMG: Spotted

The iconic W204 AMG continues to depreciate; this one has the Performance Pack, too...



Alright, confession time: there's not much more to say about the original C63 AMG in this Spotted that hasn't been said in countless eulogies before. It's the foundation of modern AMG, combining a monstrous powertrain with palpable luxury and genuine dynamism - a formula Mercedes had struggled to conjure up convincingly beforehand. Prior to this car's introduction in 2007, AMG products were cars like the old '55s, with that endearingly daft M113 V8 in one form or another - charismatic, sure, but a little ponderous to drive. Cars after the C63 are those like the A45, GT R and E63, vastly more talented than what preceded them. There's a convincing argument to say that the C63 was the catalyst.

But sorry, yes, you knew that. You knew it gave the E90 M3 a right old fright at the end of the last decade, and made the B7 RS4 look as entertaining as defrosting a freezer. What you might not have known, however, is that this superb AMG V8 is now available from £15k.


Yep, 15 grand for one of the 21st century's best sports saloons. This isn't a scabby C63, either - far from it. While the advert is a little sparse on details, a few key points such as a recent major service (including a brake refresh) are encouraging to see. Moreover, the spec is sensible, the mileage just fine (88k looks large, but is only about 9,000 a year as the car approaches its 10th birthday) and the condition good: the paint hasn't lost its lustre, the leather has retained its plumpness and the wheels still appear round. And multispokey.

Plus this C63 is a Performance Pack car, a rare but desirable option that boosted power to 480hp, tweaked both suspension and brakes and added a mechanical limited-slip diff. It's rare you see the Performance Pack at all, leave alone in a C63 this affordable, so it's a real win-win situation.


That said, you need to be realistic. This is a car that struggled through 20mpg on the official (and officially useless) combined cycle, belted out great gobs of carbon dioxide and cost more than £60,000 new; the ravages of depreciation need to be ignored, as this is still going to be a relatively expensive car to run. Still, our Buying Guide suggests the C63 is far from unreliable, and it's not more costly to keep on the road than its immediate rivals. None of those have a 6.2-litre V8 either, do they?

Like so many hero cars of the 2000s, the C63 AMG is already sat comfortably in the modern classic category; engines this silly just won't exist ever again, and the reputation it established for AMG will always ensure a level of demand largely unknown to previous iterations. It'll be interesting to see how much further these cars depreciate, though it's hard to imagine there being very much concern for that after 10 miles on the road. They're fondly remembered for good reason, after all...


SPECIFICATION - MERCEDES C63 AMG PERFORMANCE PACK
Engine:
6,208cc, V8
Transmission: 7-speed auto, rear-wheel drive, limited-slip diff
Power (hp): 480@6,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 442@5,000rpm
MPG: 21.1
CO2: 319g/km
First registered: 2009
Recorded mileage: 88,000 miles
Price new: £54,645 (before options)
Yours for: £15,800

See the original advert here

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big_rob_sydney

Original Poster:

2,299 posts

135 months

Wednesday 15th May
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What could possibly go wrong...

Smokey32

343 posts

34 months

Wednesday 15th May
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big_rob_sydney said:
What could possibly go wrong...
Not much really there reliable cars.

Cambs_Stuart

468 posts

25 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Shouldn't this be in the brave pill section?

Krikkit

15,064 posts

122 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Cambs_Stuart said:
Shouldn't this be in the brave pill section?
Why? 60% is well-proven, generic C-class. The rest is reasonably well known, straight-forward and robust.

cerb4.5lee

11,372 posts

121 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Absolutely love these(especially the noise they make) cloud9 and if Merc had offered it with a manual gearbox I'd have been in one in a shot. I went for a manual E92 M3 instead and it was a mistake. The power delivery in these is much more my cup of tea...rather than the very high rev/stingy torque of the V8 that is in the M3.

I didn't realise that you could get these now for this money.
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Gerradi

443 posts

61 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Headbolts in the early engines can ruin your day...

Terminator X

7,405 posts

145 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Lot of car for the money! Go in with eyes open etc.

TX.

Frimley111R

9,580 posts

175 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Says its a private advert but it's not written like one and the background does not look like typical C63 territory. Car does look nice though.

Court_S

579 posts

118 months

Wednesday 15th May
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cerb4.5lee said:
Absolutely love these(especially the noise they make) cloud9 and if Merc had offered it with a manual gearbox I'd have been in one in a shot. I went for a manual E92 M3 instead and it was a mistake. The power delivery in these is much more my cup of tea...rather than the very high rev/stingy torque of the V8 that is in the M3.

I didn't realise that you could get these now for this money.
Yup, the noise these make really is something else, especially considering that it comes out of a fairly frumpy looking saloon.

I hadn't realised that they were getting this cheap either.

Chestrockwell

1,484 posts

98 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Is rust an issue on these? An old friend’s facelift C63 coupe had a small amount of rust on one of the arches.

I was close to buying a 2017 C63 but decided against it as it was over my budget and I would have been living beyond my means however residuals were a worry for me as the GFV was around 15 k after 4 years however after seeing this, 10 years old with that mileage for 15k, it has restored some faith in the idea of a C63 in a few years should funds permit!

irish boy

2,389 posts

177 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Gerradi said:
Headbolts in the early engines can ruin your day...
It’s not the end of the world cost wise if your worried, Mercedes charge £1800 odd or £1200 at msl which replaces all the head bolts with the modified versions.

B17NNS

18,244 posts

188 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Magnificent thing. 319 carbons biggrin Estate for me please.

cerb4.5lee

11,372 posts

121 months

Wednesday 15th May
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B17NNS said:
Magnificent thing. 319 carbons biggrin
I remember my X5 4.8iS being 324 carbons...for a 6.2 V8 the Merc is fairly kind to the environment! biggrin I'd love one. smokin

Turbojuice

399 posts

30 months

Wednesday 15th May
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irish boy said:
Gerradi said:
Headbolts in the early engines can ruin your day...
It’s not the end of the world cost wise if your worried, Mercedes charge £1800 odd or £1200 at msl which replaces all the head bolts with the modified versions.
Just a drop in the ocean...

irish boy

2,389 posts

177 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Turbojuice said:
irish boy said:
Gerradi said:
Headbolts in the early engines can ruin your day...
It’s not the end of the world cost wise if your worried, Mercedes charge £1800 odd or £1200 at msl which replaces all the head bolts with the modified versions.
Just a drop in the ocean...
When running an amg Merc, it really is.

Terzo123

2,914 posts

149 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Chestrockwell said:
Is rust an issue on these? An old friend’s facelift C63 coupe had a small amount of rust on one of the arches.

Front wings are aliminium, so shouldn't have rust.

KryptonKid09

193 posts

62 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Brake calipers are painted red on the PP/ PPP cars. They have specific 'compound' discs too, that are around twice the cost of the vanilla C63's.

Looks like it's had a whack on the OSR, as the tail pipes aren't straight.

Paul

stevie777777

29 posts

116 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Just bought my second a late coupe had a saloon before
Fantastic cars but they are hard to sell on when the mileage is much above 60k unless they are very cheap low mileage cars values still quite firm if spec is decent
Not just my view but the trade. My latest is a nice low mileage late car, plan to keep for several years. I have never seen a rusty w204 c class never mind a c63 version don’t touch if rusty !
Steve

ruprechtmonkeyboy

419 posts

28 months

Wednesday 15th May
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Krikkit said:
Cambs_Stuart said:
Shouldn't this be in the brave pill section?
Why? 60% is well-proven, generic C-class. The rest is reasonably well known, straight-forward and robust.
Would appear that any old performance car should come under the brave pill section these days on here rolleyes

P-Jay

8,926 posts

132 months

Wednesday 15th May
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A close mate of mine has been running a C63 Estate for about 5 years now (give or take) as far as I know it’s be completely trouble free bar a suspension spring and the little cover that goes over the front tow eye fell out.

Insurance seems cheap to me, goes through a staggering amount of petrol, 25mpg if you cruise at 70 if you’re lucky and it’s cost £500 a year to tax I think.