2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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$48,075

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

A long, late-night drive home is not nearly so troubling with the proper car, and recently that car was the 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic. The E-Class is the midsized Mercedes sedan, larger than the C-Class, smaller than the S-Class.

If there’s a serious problem with the E500, it’s that it’s so nicely executed that I can’t imagine why I would spend an extra $22,000 or so for the $86,970 Mercedes S500 4Matic.

Yes, the E500 4Matic isn’t cheap, with a base price exceeding $58,000 and a total price as tested of $65,200.

The S-Class is about a foot longer than the E-Class, but the E seems very much the right size: plenty of room in the back seat, a big trunk and small enough to navigate city traffic. The 4Matic feature is Mercedes’ name for all-wheel-drive, meaning all four wheels are powered, not just the rear wheels, as on non-4Matic Mercedes models.

The 4Matic adds about $2,500 to the price of the regular E500, and it also means that you must forgo the E500’s neat seven-speed automatic transmission for a five-speed automatic. But the extra grip that all-wheel-drive provides, particularly on slick pavement, is worth it.

With no options, the E500 4Matic is exceptionally well-equipped, with leather upholstery, walnut trim, an air-controlled suspension, 17-inch tires and alloy wheels and a 10-speaker stereo with CD player. The safety equipment included is even more extensive: side and side-curtain air bags, an electronic anti-lock braking system with brake assist, electronic stability control, the TeleAid emergency communications system (similar to General Motors’ OnStar) and a security system.

Options included a $950 Harman/Kardon stereo upgrade, a $1,410 appearance package, $1,500 for a sunroof and rear- and side-window blinds, $780 for upgraded front seats, and $490 for a push-button “electronic trunk closer.” The E500 4Matic also gets hit with a $1,300 “gas guzzler” tax, though fuel mileage – 16 miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg on the highway – isn’t horrible.

On the road, the E500 is quiet and rock-solid. Seats are excellent. Two quibbles: The “speed sensitive” power steering lacks feel, and although the overall weight of about 3,800 pounds isn’t excessive, the car feels much heavier in sharp corner. On a long, late-night drive home, though, not much of that matters.

The E500 4Matic is a car for all seasons.

Base price: $58,050.

Price as tested: $65,200.

EPA rating: 16 mpg city, 20 highway.

Details: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive luxury sedan with a 5.0-liter, 302-horsepower V-8 with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Superb High Quality

I purchased my (1 prior owner) 2004 Mercedes Benz E500 4Matic Sport in early 2008. It had been a Executive Lease vehicle. The styling, technology, and accessories (fully loaded) are equivalent to new cars of today, so there's nothing lost on this jewel of a luxury sedan with full panoramic power roof. The diamond metallic silver color sparkles. I'm always getting positive comments about what a great car it is. For a car that's now 17 yrs old, it still looks new.

4.9

High quality sedan with tight turning radius!

You can turn on a dime, most cars can't compete. Built to last, this car is in it for the long haul. 17 years young is this pretty, peppy & sporty sedan! I highly recommend, doesn't disappoint!

5.0

Great Condition

Great condition 2004 E500 4Matic Sport. Runs Great - Well loved and well cared for. Drive Ready - Time to replace with a new model.

See all 37 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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