Everyone once in a while one of my favorite mystery cars pops up for sale again. That mystery being why in the world Mercedes-Benz brought these for sale in North America. The car I am talking about is the 2006 S350. I’ve covered this odd ball over year ago but incase you are new or just don’t know the story with this car, let me explain.
In 2006, the last year for the W220 in North America, Mercedes-Benz sold the S350 alongside the S430, S500, S55 AMG, S600 and S65 AMG. This would be totally normal except the S350 was a short wheelbase car that was over five inches shorter than the rest of the model lineup. It was also the only one with the V6. These cars weren’t highly optioned at all and as a result, were nearly $10,000 cheaper than the 430 and $20,000 cheaper than the 500. But why did Mercedes bother to bring over the S350 for only one year? My only guess is they had an abundance of them scheduled for production and needed to rid themselves of these cars while planning the W221 production to start later that year. But that can’t be it, right? Mercedes probably has an entire building full of production planners who make sure things like this don’t happen. They are German, after all.
Another week usually means another S-Class from me. Today is no different with a 2006 S … 350? Wait, they made a S350? For the United States? Yes, they did and that’s what we have here today for sale in Florida. So this is just a regular S-Class with a V6, right? Not quite. So lets take a look at what makes this W220 so different.
When it was introduced in 1991, the W140 S class had a tough act to follow. The preceding model, the W126, was revered for its restrained style, comfort and durability. Having been introduced on the heels of a recession, many people derided the W140 as being too big and brash for the times. As time moved on, however, people began to forgive the W140 for its faults and started to appreciate it for the over engineered cruiser that it was. Features such as double glazing on the windows and self closing actuators for the doors and trunk lid hinted at the level of luxury Mercedes sought to provide passengers. Features such as Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) continued the company’s reputation for being at the forefront of automotive safety.
From 1992 through 1996, Mercedes-Benz offered the 300SD and S350 Turbodiesel, a short wheelbase version of the S class with the OM613 3.5 liter inline six cylinder turbo diesel. With 148 horsepower and over 4,600 lbs. to cart around, this was certainly no screamer, but made up for it a little bit with 229 lb ft. of torque. Not many of these diesel W140s reside stateside in good condition, mainly because those in the market for a big S class usually opted for the larger V8s or limited production V12. This S350 for sale in Arizona is undoubtedly the best one I’ve seen in several years.
Very Beautiful “Smoke Silver Metallic” over Grey Leather. CarFax & Auto Check Certified Clean Car NO ACCIDENTS!
The option list is as follows:
– 3.5L inline 6-Cyl. TURBO DIESEL
– Automatic Transmission Tip-Tronic
– 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
– Dual Power Seats
– Six Disc CD Changer
– Polished Alloy Wheels (michelin tires all around with plenty of tread)
– Auto Climate Control
– Premium Sound
– Cruise Control
– Power Seats
– Telescoping Steering
– Power windows
– Power mirrors
– Power Locks
The car has beautiful all factory original “Smoke Silver Metallic” paint just and received a fresh detail that looks great.
Right before the sun set on the W220 Mercedes-Benz S class, a new model for the US was slipped into the product mix for its final year. This car would go rather unnoticed by the Mercedes faithful and luxury car buyers alike. It wasn’t some sort of high horsepower beast in the AMG tradition. Rather, it was an entry level model, with the 3.7 liter, 241 horsepower V6 mated to a 5 speed automatic. This was the first six cylinder engine, diesel or petrol, offered in the US since the demise of the W140 S320 in 1999. Some critics lamented this was too small a motor for a car that weighed nearly 4,000 lbs., but it was 13 horsepower more than the 1999 S320 offered in a car which weighed about 500 lbs. less. This S350 for sale outside of Philadelphia finished in black has a reasonable 44,000 miles on the clock.
This one owner, exceptionally low mileage S350 sedan was sold and serviced right here at Keenan and recently traded on a new Mercedes. This S350 is truly a rare find, powered by a V6 engine, it sits on a slightly shorter wheelbase than its S500 equivalent. All the luxurious amenities that one would expect in an S-Class are still included, the S350 just has slightly less rear seat legroom. Very well equipped in its base form, this vehicle adds a 6 disc CD changer, and heated front seats to a very long list of standard S Class safety, comfort, and convenience items, including an easy to use navigation system. Like all of our Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles, this S350 sedan was subjected to a rigorous 162 point inspection by a Mercedes-Benz trained technician to ensure it meets the highest standards.
This S350 happens to be for sale by the same dealer in Doylestown, Pennsylvania from which I bought my 2007 C230 brand new.…