|Configuration||Naturally aspirated 90° V6|
|Displacement||2.5 L (2,496 cc)|
3.0 L (2,996 cc)
3.5 L (3,498 cc)
|Cylinder bore||88 mm (3.46 in)|
92.6 mm (3.65 in)
|Piston stroke||68.4 mm (2.69 in)|
82 mm (3.23 in)
86 mm (3.39 in)
|Valvetrain||DOHC 4 valves x cyl. with continuous VVT|
|Fuel system||port injection|
|Cooling system||Water cooled|
|Power output||204–306 PS (150–225 kW; 201–302 bhp)|
|Torque output||245–365 N⋅m (181–269 lb⋅ft)|
All M272 engines have aluminum engine blocks with a 90° V-angle with silicon/aluminum lined cylinders. The aluminum DOHC cylinder heads have 4 valves per cylinder. All have forged steel connecting rods, one-piece cast crankshaft, iron-coated aluminum pistons and a magnesium intake manifold. Like the M112, a balance shaft is installed in the engine block between the cylinder banks to deal with vibrations in the 90 degree V6 design. This essentially eliminates first and second order moments. A dual-length Variable Length Intake Manifold is fitted to optimize engine flexibility.
Continuous VVT was adopted for the first time. Featured on both the intake and exhaust camshafts, each can be varied through a range of 40 degrees. The twin spark plug system was replaced by a regular single spark plug per cylinder. New electronic coolant flow control has replaced the mechanical thermostat for improved engine warm-up and optimum control of engine temperature. Also tumble flaps are used to improve output at low engine speeds.
The E25 is a 2.5 L (2,496 cc) version. Bore and stroke dimension is 88 mm × 68.4 mm (3.46 in × 2.69 in). Output is 204 PS (150 kW; 201 bhp) at 6100 rpm with 245 N⋅m (181 lb⋅ft) of torque at 2900-5500 rpm.
- 2005–2007 W203 C 230
- 2007–2009 W204 C 230 (renamed C 250 in 2010)
- 2005–2009 W211 E 230
- 2008–2011 CL203 CLC 230
- 2010–2012 W639 Viano (Chinese market; known as the M272 924)
- 2010–2011 W639 Vito (Chinese market; known as the M272 924)
The E30 is a 3.0 L (2,996 cc) version. Bore and stroke is 88 mm × 82 mm (3.46 in × 3.23 in). Output is 231 PS (170 kW; 228 bhp) at 6000 rpm with 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) of torque at 2500-5000 rpm.
- 2004–2010 R171 SLK 280
- 2005–2010 W219 CLS 280
- 2005–2010 C209 CLK 280
- 2005–2007 W203 C 280
- 2007–2009 W204 C 280 / C 280 4MATIC
- 2009–2011 W204 C 300 / C 300 4MATIC (C 300 2012 USA)
- 2008-2012 X204 GLK 300
- 2005–2009 W211 E 280
- 2009–2011 W212 E 300
- 2005–2009 R230 SL 280
- 2005–2013 W639 Vito
- 2006–2009 W251 R 280
- 2007–2013 W221 S 280
- 2013–2015 W639 Viano (Chinese market; known as the M272 939)
- 2013–2015 W639 Vito (Chinese market; known as the M272 939)
The E35 is a 3.5 L (3,498 cc) version. Bore and stroke dimension is 92.6 mm × 86 mm (3.65 in × 3.39 in). Output is 272 PS (200 kW; 268 bhp) at 6000 rpm with 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3500 rpm. A direct injected variant debuted in 2006 under the name Stratified-Charged Gasoline Injection (CGI). First fitted to the CLS350 CGI, it produces 292 PS (215 kW; 288 bhp) and 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft) of torque while lowering fuel consumption. In 2008, the non-CGI engine was uprated to 306 PS (225 kW; 302 bhp) at 6500 rpm and 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4900 rpm. This was achieved by raising the rev-limit to 7200 rpm, increasing the compression ratio and other modifications to the valvetrain.
- 2004–2011 R171 SLK 350
- 2004–2010 W219 CLS 350
- 2005–2010 C209 CLK 350
- 2009–2011 C207 E350
- 2005–2007 W203 C 350
- 2007–2011 W204 C 350 / C 350 4Matic
- 2011–2015 W204 C 350 BlueEfficiency / C 350 4MATIC BlueEfficiency
- 2005–2009 W211 E 350 / E 350 4MATIC
- 2009–2011 W212 E 350 / E 350 4MATIC
- 2005–2013 W221 S 350
- 2005–2012 R230 SL 350
- 2006–2017 W251 R 350
- 2006–2011 W164 ML 350
- 2005–2014 W639 Viano (known as the M272 978 in China)
- 2006–2013 NCV3 Sprinter
- 2008–2011 CL203 CLC 350
- 2008–2012 X204 GLK 350
Balance Shaft Gear and Other Issues
M272 engines that were sold between 2004 and 2008 with engine serial numbers below 2729..30 468993 often show early wear of the balance shaft gears, requiring extensive repairs at a retail cost of over $4000. These complaints led to a class action lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz (Greg Suddreth and Paul Dunton v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC), which alleged the M272 engines are equipped with defective balance shafts gears which "wear out prematurely, excessively and without warning, purportedly causing the vehicles to malfunction, the check engine light to illuminate and the vehicle to misfire and/or stop driving."  The suit further alleged that Mercedes knew of this problem, sending out repair bulletins on how to address this issue and ultimately changing the balance shaft gears to avoid this problem. This suit was ultimately dismissed with the judge agreeing with Mercedes that because the gears fail at 60 -80K miles and outside of the warranty period, Mercedes is not legally responsible for these problems.
However, a second class action lawsuit was filed in October 2012 in Northern California, covering Mercedes-Benz models manufactured between 2005 and 2007. A preliminary settlement was reached on April 8, 2015, which would see owners compensated for up to 70% of the cost of the repair. The settlement terms are expected to be ratified in August 2015.
These engines also have a common issue with their intake manifolds. The M273 also has similar issues but not to the same extent. The plastic lever that operates the opening and closing of the variable length intake manifold can break prematurely. Mercedes doesn't have this particular part listed, instead they sell the whole intake manifold as one unit which can cost upwards of $800 US. There are a number of third-party companies that sell a replacement lever made out of metal at a much cheaper cost.
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