1996 Mercedes-Benz C280

Asking Price: $2,600

These W202 chassis Benzes were the last of the era when a Mercedes-Benz was built to be field-stripped beside the road by a cab driver. The C280 featured an M104 inline six that can either be the best engine you ever owned, or a nightmare of epic proportion. Head gaskets go bad and the wiring harnesses can, too. If you're a DIY mechanic, you can fix either for a tenth the cost of paying somebody to do it, because the parts are relatively cheap. Later 1997s had improved head gaskets and wiring harnesses, if you can find one of those.

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