Ah… the world of second hand classifieds.
The second-hand market is a great place to be. Here’s a guide posted yesterday on how to buy a used M-series car. I could go on about how you could find a lovely Alfa Romeo GT for sale, and still talk about it, but instead, I’ve decided to talk about the guide to how to buy a second hand AMG, a rival to the M-series.
1. Planning on buying a 1995-2002 second hand AMG?
If you plan on buying any post-1995 Mercedes AMGs, I’d say mind out for the rust. AMG or not, those late 90s ones made for that year period love to fall apart. Any part on the car was bound to go wrong in some fashion. Such as electrical issues, shoddy trim sections, and so on.
The quality of the cars of this period are annoyingly brittle. If you do plan on buying one (like this one), just keep that the price of parts in mind.
2. Planning on buying a convertible second hand AMG?
Well, the quality section of #1 is often a clear direction to go. If you purchase a hydraulic pump from an SLK (R170) or an SL (R230) you may need to check those hydraulic pumps for the roof mechanism. That vital component is a hassle. Expect a rather large bill of around £500 for the pump we found in the US for the SLK.
While you are there, the cars are a decent way to show your AMG pride. If you have £15,000 lying around, and you don’t want to spend it on a new car, you could just as easily buy the SLK32 AMG, or the SL55 AMG. Both can be purchased for around £15,000 up.
3. Planning on buying a coupe?
As often as most people will buy a second hand AMG, it would probably be the C209. The CLK. Mind you, this one has got the 5.5 naturally aspirated V8. I mean, sure, it’s not the prettiest of coupes, and that it did have the problem of pricy Mercedes parts, but it was a rival to the M3, except in a more all around package.
If you really are willing to buy this car to sacrifice the 2 doors compared to the E-Class, then, there is your alternative.
4. Anything else?
If you wanted to avoid all of those categories, the post 1995 because of the quality control, the roadsters because of the structural integrity, or because you want to have more room in the back than the CLK, you are left with some options.
For instance, if you want a saloon that isn’t the 1995-2002 range, but you want that sort of original look of the W210, you can buy the later W211. I mean, sure it’s not exactly as interesting today to look at compared to the current E-class, and in the urban world, it does an absurd 14.8mpg (AutoTrader). I quite like it still. Have a look at this one.
It’s your turn.
What tips would you give for the people who are going to buy a second hand AMG?