Expensive Failures

Engine-Fire Destroys 2-Week Old 2014 Mercedes S-Class

Elderly owners escape without harm.

Like any person who's recently picked up their brand-new car, the retired German couple that owns this two-week old Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec must have been pretty proud to be cruising around town in their new ride. But when the car’s engine suddenly erupted in flames, the $100,000 status symbol quickly became a fiery mess. Thankfully, the two luckily escaped without harm. Local business owners quickly assisted in extinguishing the fire, before fire crews showed up on the scene.

The fire, which originated in the rear of the engine bay, is the first reported incident of this type on the 2014 S-Class. The cause of the fire is still unclear. The 3.0-liter V6 was completely destroyed, as was the car’s suspension and front end. Hopefully, this is an isolated incident which won’t lead to a full recall of the model, as was the case with the recent Porsche 911 GT3 engine fires.

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