2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500
2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Problems
The door for the vanity mirror (or the frame for the door) can break; due to a redesign, the mirror "cassette" will need replacement.
CD changers, command units, voice control units, PSE units, and Tele Aid units are prone to failure, especially in early models.
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).
2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Questions
when I crank it this whining sound comes from under the hood....everything else seems to be working find. Its not loosing compressing and the trans is changing as it should. Steering is find....just that noise....any idea what it may be? Thanks
1 day ago, all my commands stop working, no audio on any of the radio, cd player, navigation,none is function, says sound unavailable
Driver side sun visor gets stuck half way up. Eventually becomes inoperable and needs complete replacement.
2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 Recalls
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.
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.
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.
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.