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1995 Mercedes-Benz S350 Turbodiesel

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.

1995 Mercedes-Benz S350 Turbodiesel on eBay

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
– Leather
– Dual Power Seats
– Six Disc CD Changer
– Sunroof
– 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. This car has stunning body that is straight as an arrow and is free of any accidents. This benz has always been garage kept and pampered its entire life and really shows. This car is equipped with polished alloy wheels and has high performance tires with plenty of tread. Autocheck and Carfax, no accidents certified clean car! The beautiful grey leather interior and is all original and looks extremely clean. The car has all of its original books, disc, complete set of tools, jack, and 4 keys. Every thing works in the car lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. This interior is mint like new condition. Non-smoker.

Mechanically, this Benz is in perfect condition and runs and drives great. It has very healthy and very strong 3.5L in line 6-Cyl. motor and a automatic transmission that shifts perfect. The car has always been serviced at authorized Mercedes Benz dealership and really is fun to drive. This car is very clean under the hood and really shows how its previous owner took excellent care of it. Documented service history all performed by Mercedes Benz. This car is mint, everything works and runs perfect. This car is ready to go! The car is in excellent condition inside and out. The exterior of this S350 is stunning in Smoke Silver with gray leather interior and is loaded with a lot of desirable factory options. This car was over $66k new and here is your chance to own it for a lot less then that. Rare, low mileage, mint condition car. Do not miss out!

Like the 240D we featured last week, this S350 is a classy way to conserve some fuel for those who are not in a hurry. As nice an example of a rare S class this is, almost $18,000 is pricey for any W140 sedan these days. This engine in this S350 would be more durable than many of the larger variants, but there’s still plenty gadgets that can you awry and cost a pretty penny to put right. If this car could be had somewhere between $10,000 and $14,000, it might be more of a worthwhile venture.



  1. Sam
    Sam December 18, 2012

    I’ve always wondered about these, kind of half like the idea of a W140 diesel. Bruno Sacco said one of his biggest regrets was making the W140 several inches too tall, but that only meant plenty of headroom, and the rest of the design is executed so well it all balances out. I think this engine was carried over from the W126? Would love to test drive one.

  2. Paul
    Paul December 18, 2012


    Yes, the OM613 got its start in 1984 and saw use in the W126, W140 and W124.


  3. Ed
    Ed December 18, 2012

    My brother in law had a 1996 S320 and then a 1999 S430 (or S420 I forget). They were magnificent cars. Trouble free, insanely comfortable and built like bank vaults. Then he made the mistake of trading the ’99 in on 2002 S430 Sport. That heap spent evert other week in the shop for one thing or another.

  4. John
    John December 18, 2012

    I had initially sought out the s350 diesel when I began my search for a w140 some years ago…

    Settled for a low-mileage1999 s320 after finding significant and disturbing information about the OM603.97 engine and what appears to be a known design flaw that apparently can cause rods to bend and cylinders to oval, essentially causing the engine to fail big time… and not necessarily after hundreds of thousands of miles… possibly the result of cylinders that have larger bores than the 3.0L engine in te same series…

    Mercedes-Benz has never come out publicly and acknowledged flaws of this nature with this engine, although they have, in many cases, quietly and reluctantly provided replacement engines to understandably disgruntled s350 diesel owners on a case-by-case basis, to be sure…

    Not wanting to rain on anyone’s parade, and as a current Mercedes-Benz owner and a previous owner of many, including diesels (1977 300d – normally aspirated, 1983 300d – turbocharged), anyone looking at the s350 diesel should do their homework and not take my word for it…

    This particular vehicle up for sale looks to be a stunning example of a well-cared for w140 but is worthy of scrutiny…

    Many folks are apparently willing to hand over exceedingly high amounts of money for Mercedes-Benz diesels while dismissing similar gasoline-engined equivalents that are valued at just a fraction while under the false impression that million-mile durability is a given…

  5. rezzor
    rezzor December 19, 2012

    Well said John. This is the famous rod bender. Some survive, others don’t, its a total gamble. I’d stick with the 3.0 diesel engine from Merc.

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