» » » 2004

Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500

2004 Mercedes-Benz S500

Image for car images Mercedes Benz 1994 2006 Mercedes Benz S500 size thumb

2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The door for the vanity mirror (or the frame for the door) can break; due to a redesign, the mirror "cassette" will need replacement.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

CD changers, command units, voice control units, PSE units, and Tele Aid units are prone to failure, especially in early models.

Brakes -- Verified

The brakes may begin to squeak at about the 50 percent wear point. This is due to the size and material used for the brake pads and rotors.  The brake rotor surfaces become uneven, causing a lip to form at the outer edge. This will generally require replacement of the rotors when the pads are worn (pad life varies depending on driving style and terrain).

Engine -- Verified

The crankshaft position sensor may fail. Symptoms of this are: The engine will crank—but not start—especially when the engine is warm. The car may start again if it is left to cool off, but it may run roughly or have poor performance.

Drive Train -- Verified

Leaks may develop from the differential cover and/or seals on high mileage or older vehicles. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit if these leaks are addressed.

2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 17, 2004

RepairPal Expert Overview:

The trunk lid springs could fail in the closed position. If the trunk lid is manually lifted, it may not remain in the open position and could cause injury if it comes down unexpectedly. Dealers will replace both trunk lid springs to correct this concern. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2004 050015.

Learn more »

Electrical & Lights, August 1, 2008

RepairPal Expert Overview:

There is a faulty software calibration that affects several areas including shutting off the fuel supply in a collision. This could cause a fire hazard during an accident. Dealers will reprogram this software. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 070001. This recall began during August, 2008.

Learn more »

Electrical & Lights, September 29, 2006

RepairPal Expert Overview:

The instrument cluster illumination may fail. This may result in difficulty reading the gauges, indicators, and speedometer. Not being able to see the cluster may lead to an accident. Dealers will replace the instrument cluster modules. This recall started on September 29, 2006. 

Learn more »

Suspension & Steering, July 2, 2007

RepairPal Expert Overview:

The hose may corrode due to extensive exposure to humidity. This may cause fluid leakage onto the catalytic converter. This would present a fire hazard. Dealers will a new high pressure distrution hose.

Learn more »

2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Questions and Answers

pnikic, 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500, Pleasantville, NY

Shifter sticks in park if you don't use the emergency brake. However if you use the emergency brake, there doesn't seem to be any problems. Is the emergency brake a default for the parkin...

hadib, 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500, Linden, NJ

Where is it located

Visitor, 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500, Portsmouth, RI

Do I need special Mercedes tools to change brakes and rotors on rear of my S500 $Matic?

robot1, 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500, Chandler, AZ

Driver side sun visor gets stuck half way up. Eventually becomes inoperable and needs complete replacement.

bobo3434, 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500, Covington, GA

1 day ago, all my commands stop working, no audio on any of the radio, cd player, navigation,none is function, says sound unavailable

Write a Review About Your Car

2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Reviews

I just bought the 2004 S500 today. The test drive is excellent!
Hope nothing will expose to me later!
I have checked the Carfax report the 5 old owners seems to have starting problem! But when I cranked the car today it fired up instantly!

Bought it used (2004), with 100K miles. First day the AC started to blow cold through the vents, but hot on the floor. Second day, the left rear door handle broke off, today the command console shut down completely. Rides well! Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Recent Repair Estimates