2004 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Key Specs

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

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Distinctiveness
  • Construction quality
  • German engineering
  • Rugged personality

The Bad

  • Price
  • Fuel economy
  • Unwieldy handling
  • Acceleration
  • Noise

Notable Features of the 2004 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

  • Military heritage
  • Unique appearance
  • V-8 powertrain
  • Serious offroad capability
  • Nearly in a class by itself

2004 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
More than one automaker would like to believe that its sport utility vehicle is the ultimate one. Mercedes-Benz took a bold step in that direction with its G500, which evolved from the no-compromises European Geläendewagen and debuted during the 2002 model year.

Soon after its introduction, Mercedes-Benz began to offer a high-performance G55 AMG edition that was powered by a hand-built, 349-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 engine. The company says the limited-production G55 AMG accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Special features include “designo” Charcoal Nappa leather upholstery and AMG-designed stainless-steel doorsill trim. Only about 300 G55 AMG models are available each year in the United States.

New standard equipment for 2004 includes multicontour seats, a Harman Kardon premium audio system and rear parking assist.

Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class model, while the G-Class is a hard-core offroad machine. The German automaker claims that it will climb an 80-percent grade and remain stable on a 54-percent lateral slope. Handcrafted in Graz, Austria, the G500 faces such competitors as the BMW X5, Hummer H1 and Land Rover Range Rover.

Exterior
A strictly utilitarian appearance is softened somewhat by body-colored bumpers, rub strips, rocker panels and a stainless-steel spare-tire cover. At 183.5 inches long overall, the G-Class is only an inch longer than the M-Class. The G500 uses 18-inch tires and ...
Vehicle Overview
More than one automaker would like to believe that its sport utility vehicle is the ultimate one. Mercedes-Benz took a bold step in that direction with its G500, which evolved from the no-compromises European Geläendewagen and debuted during the 2002 model year.

Soon after its introduction, Mercedes-Benz began to offer a high-performance G55 AMG edition that was powered by a hand-built, 349-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 engine. The company says the limited-production G55 AMG accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Special features include “designo” Charcoal Nappa leather upholstery and AMG-designed stainless-steel doorsill trim. Only about 300 G55 AMG models are available each year in the United States.

New standard equipment for 2004 includes multicontour seats, a Harman Kardon premium audio system and rear parking assist.

Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class model, while the G-Class is a hard-core offroad machine. The German automaker claims that it will climb an 80-percent grade and remain stable on a 54-percent lateral slope. Handcrafted in Graz, Austria, the G500 faces such competitors as the BMW X5, Hummer H1 and Land Rover Range Rover.

Exterior
A strictly utilitarian appearance is softened somewhat by body-colored bumpers, rub strips, rocker panels and a stainless-steel spare-tire cover. At 183.5 inches long overall, the G-Class is only an inch longer than the M-Class. The G500 uses 18-inch tires and stands half an inch higher than its M-Class sibling, but the G55 AMG is taller.

Rigid front and rear axles with longitudinal and transverse links to the coil springs, along with three locking differentials, are installed. In extremely low-traction situations, a little grip on one front wheel should be enough to pull drivers through a trouble spot. Four-wheel electronic traction control assists less experienced drivers.

Interior
Leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut interior trim. Standard equipment includes power windows and locks, heated power seats, a navigation system and Mercedes-Benz’s Tele Aid system that offers emergency and theft-tracking services.

Under the Hood
An all-aluminum, 5.0-liter V-8 engine produces 292 hp and 336 pounds-feet of torque. An electronically controlled five-speed-automatic transmission sends the power to a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a Low range, which offers shift-on-the-fly operation at up to 15 mph. The G55 AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 cranks out 349 hp and 387 pounds-feet of torque.

Safety
The G-Class’ antilock brakes have Brake Assist for automatic full-power braking in panic stops. Electronic brake-force distribution enhances stability when braking in curves. Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program is standard.

Driving Impressions
Even though it is far smaller than the Hummer H1, the G500 delivers a comparably unique experience. This SUV conveys the impression of looming height, which is emphasized by its relatively short, narrow body.

Everything about the G500 seems bolt-upright, including the seating positions. Even though vehicle height is largely an illusion, there’s a tendency to keep road speed way down when rolling through curves and corners. This SUV’s operation is defiantly trucklike — emitting plenty of sound and accelerating with a degree of sluggishness. Not only does the G500 look ready to tackle the most demanding terrain, but it also feels ready, and that detracts from its prowess and pleasure on ordinary paved surfaces.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
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(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

best car ever

by KAMO from TEXAS on April 28, 2017

only the car in all history stays same design and stays perfect,drive great and for every day frame very strong, very safe for family , handling are good to,... gas are ok for v8, AMG more Read full review

(5.0)

Noting but the great piece of machinery

by GWagon Owner from New Jersey on May 2, 2013

Owned 2 of these cars , Noting beats it . Comfort, style road handling , engine power just to name few . Ready for a next one . Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Mercedes-Benz G-Class currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 G-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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