Used 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG


2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2008 Highlights

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan has been completely redesigned for 2008. With the exception of its two available engines and three-pointed star, everything is new and improved. There are also more standard features this year. An all-new C63 AMG model debuts later in the model year.


Pros

  • Distinct sport- and luxury-oriented models, responsive steering, stable handling, smooth ride quality, impressive Multimedia package, intuitive COMAND controller, excellent build quality.

Cons

  • Carryover engines not quite up to competitors' power levels, well-crafted interior is a bit austere and not very spacious, no manual transmission available on C350.

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Used 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG for Sale

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 C300 Sport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M) Arctic White Black premium leather113,849 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport
List:$8,125
Est.Loan: $166/mo
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$223 Below Market
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 76,614 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-Class
List:$10,695
Est.Loan: $219/mo
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2008 121,360 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-Class
List:$7,557
Est.Loan: $155/mo
Dotcom Auto
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Steel Grey Metallic 118,892 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC350 Sport
List:$8,983
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Black Black premium leather95,993 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC350 Sport
List:$11,500
Est.Loan: $235/mo
AP Fairfax(2)
16.2 mi away
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NEW ARRIVAL! Only 95K. Beautiful Black on Black '08 Mercedes Benz C350 Sport. This vehicle is a local trade in and well equipped with Premium Package, Sunroof, AMG Sport Wheels,Sunroof, Tilt-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Heated seats, MB-Tex Leather upholstery,Bluetooth connectivity and a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. This vehicle was a local trade in and well serviced by the previous owner priced to sell fast. Call and schedule a test drive today. At AP Fairfax we are committed to providing you with an experience that redefines Car-buying by working with non-commissioned sales staff and by completing your purchase in 1 hour or less when your Financing is already arranged. We are so confident in our vehicles that we offer a 48 HOUR, NO QUESTIONS ASKED RETURN POLICY. Come and experience the AP Fairfax difference!!!

Capri Blue Metallic 104,995 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Luxury 4MATIC
List:$7,988
Est.Loan: $163/mo
AutoPlaza
19.8 mi away
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$220 Below Market
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142,664 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$7,981
Est.Loan: $163/mo
H&R Auto
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Arctic White 106,148 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Luxury
List:$8,990
Est.Loan: $184/mo
Prize Auto(4)
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Steel Grey Metallic Grey/Black premium leather89,276 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Luxury
List:$9,999
Malloy Hyundai(4)
29.8 mi away
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Palladium Silver Metallic Black premium leather42,953 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC350 Sport
List:$14,811
Est.Loan: $303/mo
DARCARS Lanham Kia
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Iridium Silver Metallic Black premium leather90,765 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Luxury 4MATIC
List:$11,999
Est.Loan: $245/mo
Philmark Motorcars
35.3 mi away
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We have expanded to serve you better!!! Come and visit our 8 conveniently located retail stores in the Washington DC Metro RegionLike new condition, this beautiful 2008 MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS C300 presented in this amazing color combination with Silver exterior and Gray interior does not get any better. This beauty has it all, 3.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine with great low miles is ready for a test drive today! Looking for a superior vehicle quality and a hassle free experience? Here at MR CAR we are the Home of the ** GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL** WITH OVER 500 CARFAX CERTIFIED VEHICLES IN STOCK WE COVER IT ALL, FROM SUV'S TO PICK UP TRUCKS and WORK VANS, CONVERTIBLES, COUPES, SEDANS AND A TOUCH OF LUXURY IN OUR JUST OPENED CAMP SPRING'S STORE that HAS IT ALL. MD CERTIFIED INSPECTED VEHICLES, The best extended warranties available in the industry. Come in and experience why we are the leaders in the Region, with the best approvals that the competition can not touch.We have the vehicle that fits your needs and mostly your monthly payment needs... we will help you establish your credit at the same time and lead you to the path of success...come and check us out and you will see why when others say no...Mr Car says yes!!! Come and drive your new vehicle home today without drama and disappointments. YES! It's that easy..Apply online at www.mymrcar.com and find out how easy we will get you driving today!! Hablamos Español!! Contact our Sales Team at 855-546-7227 / 301-277-4480

Iridium Silver Metallic Black premium leather152,463 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Luxury
List:$6,830
Est.Loan: $140/mo
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$188 Below Market
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Silver 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 Luxury RWD 7-Speed Automatic 3.0L V6 DOHC w/Dual Fuel Recent Arrival! Don't miss your chance to SAVE HUGE $$$ at Caspian Auto Motors of VA EASY FINANCING PROGRAMS. Good, Bad, No Credit and 2nd Chance are approved.Just give us a call or fill out loan application We will call you less than 45 mins with the approval. 6 Months Nationwide Power train Warranty is included With the Full Price of the Vehicle..

Steel Grey Metallic Grey/Black leatherette72,608 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$14,998
Est.Loan: $306/mo
CarMax
40 mi away
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113,890 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-Class
List:$10,600
Est.Loan: $217/mo
Auto Chiefs(1)
45 mi away
Palladium Silver Metallic Grey/Black leatherette97,612 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Luxury
List:$9,595
Est.Loan: $196/mo
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Arctic White Cashmere/Savannah leatherette76,208 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Luxury 4MATIC
List:$11,500
Est.Loan: $235/mo
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Always wanted a like new Mercedes? Here it is, AWD, panoramic roof, leather, clean inside and out, low miles, priced to sell, whats not to like?

Capri Blue Metallic Grey/Black leatherette79,457 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC350 Sport
List:$13,990
Est.Loan: $286/mo
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After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112 2008 MERCEDES-BENZ C350 V6 3.5L AUTOMATIC DUAL EXHAUST HAS GRAY LEATHER INTERIOR, HEATED SEATS, POWER LOCKS. ALSO TO KEEP YOU SAFE THIS VEHICLE HAS DUAL SIDE AIR BAGS ALONG WITH FRONT DRIVER AND PASSENGER AIR BAGS. POP UP SCREEN SYSTEM WITH ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC AND NAVIGATION OPTIONS MAKING IT A GREAT LUXURY VEHICLE WITH POWER AND A SUNROOF TO ENJOY THE SUMMER SEASON COMING UP!

56,956 miles
Used 2008Mercedes-Benz C-Class
List:$11,495
Est.Loan: $235/mo
Euro Auto Group(5)
52.7 mi away
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VERY LOW MILEAGE EXCELLENT CONDITION CLEAN CARFAX FULLY SERVICED AND INSPECTED

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Features & Specs

C63 AMG 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 7A)
MPG15
Seating5
Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelgas
Horsepower451 hp @ 6800 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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people didnt thinkthat its real what about the new engine of the amg and the rocket acceletation of the car.
It's a good car
I was looking for a new car for a good while. I was about to get the new Lexus ISF but then I came across the C63. Daammmmmm. First of all it has a very clean look. The exterior has a good blend of sporty and luxurious. The interior is also very nice. A very clean and luxurious look. However I'm not too sure about the bucket seats. Though the leather is absolutely gorgeous, I feel the seats could have been more comfortable. There ok though, some people really like them. The best part is the engine. It has superpowers.
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Everything you need to know about the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is made clear the instant you prod its 451-horsepower V8 engine to life. When the 6.2-liter beast lights off, the engine revs spike in a programmed "look at me" blip before the Merc's idle settles into a deep, throaty burble. Cue the goose bumps.

We haven't yet released the brake or slotted the shift lever into gear, and we're already trying to figure out an angle to finance one of these muscle-bound sport sedans, all $54,625 of it.

But we have to wonder if the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG — essentially a hot-rod C-Class sedan — can possibly deliver the goods in direct proportion to this testosterone-infused exhaust note. There's only one way to find out.

Inspiring Performance
The 90-degree DOHC V8 engine in question displaces 6.2 liters or 379 cubic inches. It has an 11.3:1 compression ratio and variable valve timing. It delivers its 451-hp peak at 6,800 rpm out of a possible 7,200. Torque builds from the basement to a 443 pound-feet peak at 5,000 rpm. That ought to do it.

It's bolted to a seven-speed automatic transmission with three shift modes and two shift paddles on the steering wheel. That adds up to about 12, or something. The traction and stability control systems have three settings, one of which is "Off."

Time to brake-torque this lump to the torque convertor's stall speed and drop the hammer.

The C63 lays rubber through the first three gears — two broad strips of it because our AMG has the limited-slip differential that comes with the optional AMG Performance package.

We're instantly overcome by the strong desire to write, star in and direct a film we'll call, Schutzmann und der Bandit. All we need now is a German analog to Sally Field.

But possible movie investors will want to see numbers. If we restrain ourselves and apply a more delicate touch to the throttle with the three-stage traction control in Sport mode, the tires spin less and the C63 AMG passes through 60 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to a 12.5-second quarter-mile at 113.7 mph. That ought to keep us clear of old Schutzmann.

It Looks the Part
You won't find a fire-breathing chicken on the hood of our 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Instead it has two thin longitudinal protuberances that actually make room for a broad, twin-chamber intake plenum, not the cylinder heads.

A less restrictive front grille allows extra cooling air to penetrate the radiator. The products of combustion and the grumble of the rollicking V8 shoot out the back through quad exhaust outlets and a unique rear valance. Words can't describe the glory that is the C63 AMG's unashamed exhaust note at full boil — or partial boil, for that matter. Or even simmer.

More visually striking are the pronounced front fender flares and broadened front bumper cover. A 1.4-inch-wider front track, revised steering geometry and meatier 235/40R18 Pirelli P Zero front tires are to blame for this. A trio of cooling slits sits just ahead of the tires. No rear fender bulges have been added, but the aft wheelwells are fully stuffed with 255/35R18 rubber.

Individually, none of the visual changes to the C63 AMG are radically different from the last C350 Sport sedan we tested. But their combined effect gives the C63 AMG a suitable dose of much-needed street presence.

Track Addict
The unique C63 AMG front suspension changes have been made to help improve steering precision and tire grip at the front. But with the stiffer sport suspension setup that comes with the optional Performance package, our C63 feels "pushy-loose" on the slalom. It understeers past the first couple of cones before small bumps that other cars barely acknowledge tend to pitch this rock-hard suspension sideways. A cone-free run at 68.6 mph takes some doing.

The C63 tends toward push on the skid pad, too, achieving 0.89g. When we try for more with a little throttle (and the stability control off), the tail slithers out and it all goes sideways in clouds of tire smoke. It'll look great on the big screen, though.

Lapping around the ultrasmooth surface of Spring Mountain Raceway in Pahrump, Nevada, the suspension comes into its own. A strategic lift of the throttle as we enter a corner gets the nose pointed toward the apex. As long as we don't overcook it, it's possible to put the throttle down early. On fast sweepers, the Merc likes to carry a sustained tail-out drift. The stopwatch doesn't say it's fast, but it sure is a riot.

You also get impressive-looking six-piston fixed calipers and two-piece "compound" front rotors (aluminum hub, floating cast-iron rotors) with the Performance package. They're drilled and slotted and ventilated, and it all results in 114-foot stops from 60 mph.

We've seen shorter stops with less flamboyant hardware, but our Merc does weigh 3,993 pounds. While we're lapping, bystanders radio in reports of brake smell, but we don't feel any fade. We back off anyway.

Hard Times
On the street, the optional AMG performance suspension that comes with the Performance package is just too bloody hard. Any sort of imperfection is transmitted in the form of a kidney punch through very aggressively bolstered front seats. There's no subtlety or compliance here.

It would be easy to say "Don't buy the AMG Performance package." After all, the standard AMG suspension worked great on a C63 we drove on the track recently, and it still has the tires, forged aluminum wheels, widened track and other chassis improvements.

But then you'd miss out on things we like about the Performance package (the suede-covered steering wheel) and things we need (the limited-slip differential.) After all, two stripes of burned rubber are always better than one. If the differential was available as a stand-alone option, the choice would be easy.

Actually, the choice is easy for early adopters, because the $3,900 AMG Performance package on our test car isn't available until summer 2008 anyway.

Call It a Production Expense
A front-row seat in a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG costs a surprisingly reasonable $54,625. The Steel Grey Metallic paint that helps toughen our test car's look costs $710 more.

Typical C-Class options are available on the C63 AMG. Ours had the same $2,950 Multimedia package that includes navigation (to help Bandit find shortcuts,) Harman Kardon premium audio, a six-disc changer, 30-gigabyte hard drive, Bluetooth and an iPod connection (to deliver the Jerry Reed tunes.)

TeleAid GPS-based emergency assistance ($650) is there if it all goes pear-shaped. Seat heaters and leather seats that go by the name of AMG napa leather upholstery cost another $2,950.

As it sits, our test car's total price is $65,785, although $3,900 of that is the previously mentioned AMG Performance package that isn't for sale initially. At press time, no word on the possibility of a gas-guzzler tax was available. The C63 AMG is rated at 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway, so it might escape the tax.

This all is starting to get expensive, but it still adds up to less than a Corvette Z06. We're not saying the C63 AMG is as fast or as nimble as a Corvette Z06; it isn't. But this four-door sedan connected with us on a visceral level like no other recent Mercedes has.

We Have a Hit on Our Hands
Like the Bandit's Firebird Trans Am, the C63 AMG is happiest charging from stoplight to stoplight and running from the law. Sinuous back roads are not its thing. While the 451-hp V8 connects with us on a gut level, so does the too-stiff optional performance suspension. Buy this upgrade only if you plan on track days.

To us, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is a hoot, which is what the old hot-rod guys would say. Though it lives in a German wrapper, this is classic muscle-car stuff — a big V8 engine with heaps of power and torque to generate speed, not to mention oversteer, brodies and burnouts.

We're serious about the movie. If nothing else, we'll be able to write the car off as a production expense. But Coors isn't German enough. We'll smuggle Jägermeister instead, and Hasselhoff can play the singing truck driver. It'll be a big hit. All we need is a script.

Second Opinion
Editorial Director Kevin Smith says: True confessions: Some Mercedes feel like trucks to me. Luxurious, solid, high-tech and beautifully crafted trucks, to be sure, but a little too hefty and functional when a touch of frivolity and fleetness of foot would be nice.

So here's one that confounds my prejudices. Yes, the C63 AMG still has a little more numbness in the steering than seems entirely necessary, and its turn-in behavior can suggest a fair bit of mass in the nose. But that's about it for the latent truckiness. Everything else about this close-coupled sedan says speed, power, response and character. Especially character. This AMG's aggressive exhaust rumble gives the musical Audi R8 a run for the distinction of Most Mellifluous Tone out of a stock production tailpipe. Between that and the downright stiff ride of the Performance package suspension, this car speaks to a sports-performance fan in clear and convincing terms.

And it's fast, the ultimate justification for any other compromises the engineers might have made. There is forward thrust everywhere: off the line, up an on-ramp and finding out what she'll do out in the desert. Even in full-auto, the transmission upshifts crisply on hard acceleration and downshifts smartly — with throttle blips — on braking. Love it.

Throw in some of the most boldly bolstered bucket seats we've tried in a long time and you have the basics for a serious go-fast experience. Your driving record has been warned.

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

Used 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG Overview

The Used 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG is offered in the following styles: , and C63 AMG 4dr Sedan (6.2L 8cyl 7A).

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