2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
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Key Specs

of the 2004 Mercedes‑Benz E‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    17-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    221-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance in E500 and E55 AMG
  • Handling
  • Refinement and quietness
  • Reputation
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Complicated controls
  • Prices
  • Fuel economy of V-8

Notable Features of the 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Available supercharged engine
  • New seven-speed automatic
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Available diesel sedan for 2005

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


Amazing value, style, comfort, reliability AWESOM.

by Quai Noi from San Francisco, CA. on October 1, 2018

I bought this E320 4-MATIC for my 80 year old mother. I?ve owned 6 Mercedes and currently own a 2018. My wife and I live in California and drive this car out to my mother in St. Louis MO. This gave us ... Read full review


Most reliable and comfortable car I ever owned

by WNSTNV from Hayward, CA on September 14, 2018

This is a great family car, reliable and comfortable. Driven an average of less than 9k miles a year for 14 years. Well and regularly maintained. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The E-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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