2010-2016 E-Class W212
The first, second and third Benz generations were exquisite.The fourth generation has been out for several years with wonderful and state-of-the-art features too. You may be wondering how the E-Class W212 may have been holding up? The W212 E-Class, the successor of W211, is among the cars you must check if you are in the market for a used luxury car. The series includes the iconic S212 station wagon and AMG version. We looked at several W212 E-Class Mercedes-Benz cars with over 100k miles to see how these cars are holding up. Our goal is to give you a brief overview of the features of the W212 and including some common problems and weak spots that you may want to consider before buying this generation of E-Class.
The E-Class W212 has a lot to offer and may be the one model that has restored the reputation for Mercedes-Benz. The 2000-2010 were some rough years for MB, but the W212 has been a game changer. With the W212 E-Class, the safety and reliability were the focus with features such as blind spot trackers and assists for Night vision and lane maintenance.
The W212 design not only looks solid, but the also feels very stable while driving.
Common W212 E-Class problems
- Air suspension problems – in models such as the E550, components could fail including the air compressor and the rear air suspension springs.
- Cabin rattling sounds caused by loose interior trim parts may start developing over 100k miles. Especially if the car did a lot of city driving.
- Interior trim may fade over time or if you tend to park your W212 under direct sunlight.
On high mileage W212 the seats may start to wear out and in some cases, they can tear. If that happens to you, you don’t need to get the whole seat replaced, you should be able to change the seat cover. The dealer should carry seat cover that matches you seats including the color.
Overall the majority of 2010,20111,2012,2013 E-Class W212 that we looked at had over 100k; the interior was holding up very well. Unlike the previous model W211 in which the interior shows it age once over 100k miles. Several high mileage W212 had seats that still looked like new, and you could tell the previous owner had taken good care of the car.
- Wiper blade motor could fail. They may start to move and then return to the stowed position. That’s because the window wiper motor draws too much current and in some cases it may even burn the fuse.
- Once you put some miles on the W212, you may notice steering wheel vibration. While this could be due to several reasons, it could also be because the engine mounts are starting to wear out allowing the engine vibrations to be transmitted to the cabin. If you buy a Mercedes-Benz that has steering wheel or cabin vibration you should replace all three mounts. There are two engine mounts and one transmission mount which you could buy as a set online. As you can see on in this listing W212 Engine Mount Set on Amazon, they are quite inexpensive and will make your E-Class feel like new again.
- Window Auto Close may malfunction if the window regulator motor draws too much current when the window is closing. This is a safety feature which allows the windows to roll down if it detects a stuck object in the window while being closed. It also can be the cause of malfunctions if the window rails get misaligned. Removing the door panel to lubricate the track and inspecting the window tracks should be all you may need to do to fix this problem.
- If the W212 is left parked for extended periods of time, you may notice that the transmission shifts are delayed at first. This is nothing to worry about unless this problem continues even after the car has been driven for at least half an hour. Overall the 7-speed automatic transmission (code name 722.9) is very reliable. This transmission has been around since 2005, and most problems experienced with this transmission such as limp mode, delayed shifting or valve body issues were resolved by 2010.
- Cup holder cover may get stuck. The automatic close function of the cup holder may not work properly. With that said what Mercedes doesn’t have problems with the cup holder?
- Diesel engines may need the fuel injectors replaced much sooner than expected.
Mercedes E-Class W212 Features
This Benz model enjoys the best technologies than any other car could offer in 2010. With the W212 chassis, Mercedes-Benz has taken automation to another level. Here are a few features that you should be aware of.
The car has sensors all over for Pre-Safe Brake and Pre-Safe Plus. These sensors monitor the front, side, and rear of the car to detect humans crossing in front of the car and trigger automatic braking. However, the car must be at below 30 mph to initiate this safety process.
The and Pre-Safe Plus is very useful in case of rear collisions. It triggers three systems depending on the impact:
- Initiate the and Pre-Safe Plus which reduces impact on the passengers
- Trigger the Pre-Safe Impulse (PSI) that drives the front seats away from the impact
- Automatic braking which prevents front collisions
Over the years owners have loved the MB steering and the in particular tight turning radius of Mercedes-Benz cars. The W212 Mercedes-Benz is very stable and almost self-steering. A combination of Distronic Plus and Steering Assist help keep the car at the mid of the road while monitoring movements of cars behind you.
The Assist System protects you from accident causatives from all sides. By sudden braking on the safe side, the Assist sensor of Active Lane Keeping prevents head-on collisions. It is very helpful when using a highway with no separation borders.
With the all-round View Camera, steering through busy areas and parking lots is easy and enjoyable.
Although the previous generations had good lighting, the combination of Intelligent and Adaptive high beam is a perfect one. The Assist Plus feature suppresses oncoming traffic from the high beam lights. You do not have to keep dimming lights while on a two-way traffic.
The Attention Assist
While driving your W212, you must attest to be in the safest ride. In case you start dozing and not concentrating, this assist will inform you. This assist initiates the Collision Prevention systems since it is at that time that you are like to cause accidents.
Unique safety features and rating
The manufacturer left none of the possible security features while designing the W212. Reviews from the NCAP Euro tests showed good protections of the vehicle’s passengers and the surroundings.
According to NHTSA, the W212 had an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Side and rollover received the highest rating possible.
The development of all automated systems including lights, wipers, and Assists makes the car self-sufficient. The occupants have adequate protections from the rear, front, and sides by reliable Assists. In the case of rolling over, the W212 has enough impact reduction systems ensuring full protection.
Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA has introduced tougher tests and rigorous new 5-Star Safety Ratings that provide more information about safety feature performance and crash avoidance technologies. Because of the more stringent tests, 2011-newer model ratings are not comparable to 1990–2010 vehicles.
E-Class W211 vs W212
The W212 (2010-2016) is a much more dependable vehicle than the previous generation E-Class W211 (2003-2009). It is built better, feels more solid when driving and has better reliability. We also loved the W211 but that car did have a few problems that owner’s had to face such as the SBC brake system failing, catalytic converter, window regulator, ball joints and control arms wearing out under 100k miles. The W212 overall was a solid car with a few minor issues that we mentioned above. A well-maintained W212 could be one of the best luxury cars to own!
Fuel Economy W212
Mercedes-Benz fuel economy has been improving over the years. The most gasoline-thirsty version is the E550 4-matic (excluding E63 AMG from comparison) and the most economical version is the E250 Bluetec that can achieve a 42 MPG in highway driving and 28 MPG in the city. The figure below compares the fuel economy of E350 vs. E550 vs. E350 Bluetec vs. E250 Bluetec as provided by FuelEconomy.gov
The Mercedes W212 is an executive and luxurious car. It has perfect safety features that assure both the driver and pedestrians of their safety. The powerful engine gives the car high acceleration and speeds when necessary. With the advanced Assist system, this car enjoys all that technology can offer to a car.
The W212 was one of the few cars that set the bar higher for the future of automobiles! Occasional servicing and maintenance of your Benz will help increase its service life. It is time for you to drive a safe, reliable and high-tech car that has all convenient features just for you.