Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTec

mercedes benze s350 bluetec 2012

The 2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTec brings diesel to the S-Class line in an extravagant way. With exceptional luxury, comfort and performance, you’ll have to schedule a test drive just to experience it for yourself. Once you do, you might be hard pressed to walk away to any other clean diesel option available.

Key Features

In addition to host of standard features available on this model, some of the more notable ones include Attention Assist which keeps an eye on the driver’s alertness, Torque Vectoring Brake, which adjusts the braking on the rear wheels when cornering, and the 600-watt surround sound Harman/Kardon stereo system with 14 speakers. There are also numerous Assistance Systems features available for add-on as well.

Changes for 2012

2012 is the first year for the 2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTec, which introduces a diesel V6 engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque for a powerful punch throughout the driving experience.

What We Like

There’s no denying that the 2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTec offers a level of prestige for any driver, but the rich interior and nimble performance make this car a dream to drive as well. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive also improves the acceleration and fuel economy at a better price than some of the other S-Class offerings for a complete luxury experience.

What Concerns Us

Given all the benefits of the 2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTec, there is a bit to be desired with the braking, which requires 181 feet to reach full stop from 70 mph. The steering is also a bit lax, as it feels as if direction changes are a bit sluggish due to understeering. You’ll likely want to avoid the all-season tires as well, as they don’t add much to the already lacking grip.

Available Models

In the S350 BlueTec you will find:

  • 3.0-Liter Diesel V6
  • Horsepower: 240 @ 3,600 rpm
  • Torque: 455 @ 1,600-2,400 rpm
  • City/Highway Fuel Economy: 21/31 mpg

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls issued for this vehicle.

Common Issues

There are only two complaints that have been made about the 2012 Mercedes Benz S350 BlueTec. The first complaint was made at around 50,000 miles; at which point the charge air hose going into the throttle actuator had to be replaced due to being torn. The second complaint involved the radiator grill breaking when an owner closed the hood on the vehicle.

mercedes benze s350 bluetec 2012 interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...


Related questions

Q: volkswagon is buying back my diesel and am thinking of buying an audi A 3 but nervous about cost to own. why is the oil change so

The A3 oil change is a bit more expensive because it has a turbo-charged engine. The turbocharger utilizes exhaust gas energy to drive a compressor for intake air for the engine, and experiences very high temperatures. This requires the use...

Q: Intermittent failure to respond to throttle

Hello - wow, an older classic! Your 300TE utilizes Bosch Continuous Injection System (CIS) which varies fuel pressure more dynamically than more contemporary injection systems. I would suspect fuel pressure is the problem, both for the inability of the engine...

Q: How do you adjust the power seats?

Your car’s driver front seat offers power controls to adjust the seat and help you find the perfect position for driving. Here’s what you need to do to adjust the seat: Slide the oblong switch on the front left...