This Mercedes R63 AMG owner was facing a $57,000 engine repair and he decided to risk it all, and try to rebuild the engine himself using his own two hands to fix a problem the automaker wouldn’t touch.
We are talking about installing a lift into your own garage rather than taking it to the mechanic. Most of you can probably change the oil and swap the brake pads on your car, but how far you can go until you give up and take it to the mechanic and are you determined to risk it all?
Mercedes R63 AMG are rare, there are less than 200 examples ever built, making the V8-powered minivan a hard car to find.
Seth Lemke from the Grassroots Motorsports forums decided to pick up a white example with 94,000 miles on the clock from a Mercedes dealer without any kind of warranty. Unfortunately, after 12,000 miles, one of the head bolts near the back of the engine failed, causing everything to go to hell.
So, as most of us would do, the owner took his ailing Mercedes to the local dealership to assess the damage. He came back with a $57,515 repair estimate to rebuild the engine. Well, that’s the price you pay for driving a late-model German luxury.
The Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG is indeed one of the stranger concepts to have emerged from Stuttgart. It’s like hot rod version of the standard six-passenger car that swapped in a 6.2-liter V8 capable of 507 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. With a seven-speed automatic transmission, the R63’s phenomenal grip made it one of the quickest AMG models to date, capable of hitting 60-mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.
Therefore, instead of laying out the price of a new 718 Boxster to fix his R63, he figured he could do it himself. He’s outlined—via a forum thread over 30 pages long. From cutting, building tools, and even installing a lift, he did all that. If you’re into complex DIYs, you won’t be disappointed.