Engine Mercedes M119 E50

The first version in the M119 family of engines, developed in 1989 and occupying a place between the younger M119 E42 and the sports M119 E60 AMG and M199 E63 AMG. The purpose of this engine is to replace the ancient M117 with a displacement of 5 liters. The new power unit used an aluminum cylinder block with a camber of 90°, light-alloy pistons, forged connecting rods. The block is covered with two heads of the same material, two camshafts and 16 valves each. The M119 cylinder head uses a variable valve timing system on the intake shafts and hydraulic valve clearance compensators.

The V8-family includes: M113 E43, M113 E50, M113 E55, M119 E42, M119 E50, M119 E60, M156, M157, M177, M273, M278.


Production years 1989-1999
Displacement, cc 4973
Fuel system injector
Power output, hp/rpm 320/5600
Torque output, Nm/rpm 470/3900
Cylinder block aluminum V8
Block head aluminum 32v
Cylinder bore, mm 96.5
Piston stroke, mm 85
Compression ratio 10.0
11.2 (AMG)
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator at the intake
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 8.0
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Mercedes S-Class S500 1997)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~450 000
Weight, kg 205

The engine was installed on:

  • Mercedes CL-Class C140 in 1992 – 1999;
  • Mercedes E-Class W124 in 1991 – 1995; E-Class W210 in 1995 – 1999;
  • Mercedes S-Class W140 in 1991 – 1998;
  • Mercedes SL-Class R129 in 1989 – 1998.

Disadvantages of the M119 E50 engine

  • One of the most reliable engines in its class rarely worries owners.
  • The weak point of the motor is the timing chain, often it stretches to 120,000 km.
  • The impressive weight of the power unit negatively affects the resource of its pillows.
  • Often plastic connectors for oil supply to hydraulic lifters require replacement.
  • On all E-class models, the engine compartment wiring cracks quite quickly.

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