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2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 7-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 275 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • After a minor refresh last year, the S-Class is once again a top choice when it comes to a no-compromise luxury sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Elegantly appointed and spacious cabin, feels nimble for its size, state-of-the-art safety features, strong resale value.

  • Cons

    Complicated COMAND system, not as athletic as some of its competitors, a few low-grade interior materials.

  • What's New for 2004

    An industry-first seven-speed automatic transmission is now standard. The navigation system is now DVD-based, and the Keyless Go system is now built into the SmartKey. Newly styled 18-inch wheels are optional.

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Customer Reviews

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24 of 24 people found this review helpful

Rolled the dice - bought

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Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 7A)

After turning 40 recently, I decided to properly kick-off my mid-life crisis. I was going to go with either a boat or a car. A 2004 S430 won. I found one with 114,000 miles on it on Autotrader. I suppose I got the "base" model 430, but it is absolutely remarkable. The suspension, coupled with the car's sheer size, makes for an airplane like ride (sport settings are also present). I've taken it on 2 long road trips and been in very good spirits after arriving. Tips for Buying Used: *Comparison shop! These cars depreciate wildly. I paid too much. Find the KBB price and stick with it. *Have a genuine STAR diagnostics ran. *Beware the "stuck in park" potential



13 of 13 people found this review helpful

Everyone should own one

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Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 7A)

Purchased this car used with 55kms, it is now 7 years old and has 130kms. It continues to drive as well as it did 3 years ago and have not had any issues with it. Besides being smooth, comfortable, solid, reliable, powerful and surprisingly economical; it is has a sense of dependability and agelessness about it. It is a serious vehicle, you know, not a gimmicky in your face car,



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good value for a great

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Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 7A)

Drives very well for used car. Good mileage per gallon when carefully driven, or on highway. Good looks in gray. In sport setting transmission kicks at stops. Wiper not performing well at aouto setup - often too slow to react. Overall comfortable ride. Bit too high seatting position for driver. Once you learn all tech data it is very pleasant automobile.




S430

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Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 7A)

I purchased this car in September 2004. I had C230 Kompressor Coupe 2002, which was a great car without any problems. After owning my first Benz I knew it would be the only vehicle I would purchase in the future. The car has a fantastic ride, great pick up and some really terrific features. If you are look for a classy car with superior workmanship, then this is the car for you. We had also owned a large sport utility but decided the larger Mercedes would be a better fit for us for ride as well as safety. I think the car is superior. Hands down one of the best rides on the road!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The 2002 s class

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Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 7A)

The Mercedes S is expensive. the lexus is a fine car, i have owned 3. the BMW is a different car, simply too much trouble to drive. harsh, not worth my effort. the Mercedes S is not perfect but not far from it. if you have the free bucks. I really love the big Mercedes for what it is, there are faster, better values, larger and smaller cars. However,if you can afford the ticket on the S and want the general best, buy the S. it does everything well you can find better on any one point, but the total is less then you get in the Mercedes S. the sum is unbeatable and in one move you can get all your neighbors to hate you. think of that.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best riding car i have

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Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 7A)

Just recently purchased this vehicle and it has an incredible feel on the road with above average acceleration.I have previously owned an E-Class and this far exceeds it.There is little to dislike about the performance. The mileage is better than expected.



Full 2004 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

What's New for 2004

An industry-first seven-speed automatic transmission is now standard. The navigation system is now DVD-based, and the Keyless Go system is now built into the SmartKey. Newly styled 18-inch wheels are optional.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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