The Mercedes-Benz E350 is a comfortable, quiet and luxurious sedan, with a well-finished interior, comfortable seats and a substantial feel. We tested gasoline- and diesel-powered versions. Both deliver punchy performance with capable handling. Two trim packages are offered, Luxury and Sport; we purchased one of each.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Rear side and head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2000.
Road Test

The Mercedes-Benz E350 is a comfortable, quiet and luxurious sedan, with a well-finished interior, comfortable seats and a substantial feel. We tested gasoline- and diesel-powered versions. Both deliver punchy performance with capable handling. Two trim packages are offered, Luxury and Sport; we purchased one of each. Our gas-powered model was equipped with the Sport package, which provides a sport-tuned suspension, larger 18-inch wheels and a number of cosmetic changes. Our diesel-powered BlueTec model, which had the traditional Luxury package, provided a more comfortable ride and surprisingly, better steering feedback. The diesel model also returned considerably better fuel economy, but at a cost of some noticeable engine noise at low speeds. Some controls on both models are more complicated than need be. A 302-hp, direct injection, 3.5-liter V6 was introduced for 2012.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
wagon
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 turbodiesel (210 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)
  • 5.5-liter V8 (382 hp)
  • 6.3-liter V8 (518 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Valve leak..... resulted in auto height not maintained when engine was off; fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"Trouble indicated"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 5.5-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Power stearing reservoir was leaking. Replaced under extended warranty but power steering unit still making noise when turning"

Herbert B., VA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor failed - just out of warranty, but the dealer stepped up and covered 2/3 of the total cost"

Jane C., GA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"do not work"

Juan C., CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"do not work"

Juan C., CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"My battery wouldn't charge and the lack of voltage in the battery caused the entire electronics system ton malfunction. The convertible top because inoperative. I replaced battery and everything began working correctly"

James P., FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 5.5-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Front passenger side tire gauge failed. Then rear passenger side tire gauge failed"

Clarence L., FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"Blind Spot malfunctioned"

Sanjay S., ON (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 5.5-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"It was connected with the sun roof problem"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

"the sliding top roof was not tight and had to be taken apart and sealed and reassembled. PS the model year is 2012, not 2011"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Car had about 23,000 when the alternator went out. Had to argue with the dealership, but they eventually replaced at no charge"

Glenn D., CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Quit working"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 BlueTec 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door trim and dash molding coming unglued. car was garaged all the time"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 5.5-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"oil leak with air pump that caused an electrical problem and disabled the turbo"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 BlueTec 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"driver side door handle became disconnected inside of door"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"rear brakes squeaking needed replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.0-L V6 diesel)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Coolant thermostat replaced during last tuneup due to malfunction"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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