2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Safe, comfortable, brisk performance, surefooted in bad weather.
  • On-road handling eclipsed by newer crossover SUVs, gets pricey fast if buyer gets tempted by too many options.

Still a competent SUV after all these years, the M-Class provides solid on-road handling along with excellent all-weather capability and a safe, luxurious cabin.

2004 Highlights

Late in 2003, the ML350 replaced the ML320, meaning a larger (3.5-liter) V6 with 232 horsepower supplanted the 215-horse, 3.2-liter V6 used previously. The AMG-tuned ML55 has been discontinued, while a DVD-based navigation system is now optional for the ML350.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

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3.38 out of 5 stars
2004 ML500
TGI an '04,07/20/2010
ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
It's no secret the early MLs were plagued w/problems. By '04 Merc was trying to win back consumers and my ML was a great value. All the bells and whistles, no defects, price reflected poor reputation and turned out to be a solid performer! From formal outings to hauling kids, lumber, furniture and landscape rock - still looks good as new.
4.75 out of 5 stars
Pushing 160000 miles
ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
I enjoy driving this car. It has a lot of power and gets around in the snow and ice really well. We bought this for our daughter 3 years ago, and we've had to replace a water pump, and the brakes, and the tires, of course...but it's dependable and zippy. Does require premium gas. It's a good little car.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Love it!!!
ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A)
Love this car...I'm 16 and this is my second Benz after wrecking the first one. It has tons of room, very nice leather that NEVER wears. Sound system was great. A few problems with ball bearings and engine mounts, but inexpensive to fix and caused because the previous owner was apparently abusive. Great acceleration and handles great. So good off-road, can go everywhere all my friends with lifted trucks can. Feels really solid and was built with great quality. I would recommend this car to anyone who has kids or needs room for stuff but still wants performance and comfort.
4 out of 5 stars
ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A)
Purchased as "Cross over vehicle" to reduce cars in the family. Use MBZ now both as in town car and as an SUV for snow covered mountain transportation. First trip in the snow car performed very well. No slipping, easy handling. Plenty of room for cargo and a large dog. Easy to handle and park in the city as well.


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview

The Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is offered in the following submodels: M-Class SUV. Available styles include ML350 AWD 4dr SUV (3.7L 6cyl 5A), and ML500 AWD 4dr SUV (5.0L 8cyl 5A). The Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

Price comparisons for Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class trim styles:

  • The Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 is priced between $3,900 and$3,900 with odometer readings between 203853 and203853 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2004 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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