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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,725 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012005


  • miles


2004 500E anti-lock brake system is not functioning properly. ** answer required***. the consumer stated the purpose of an anti-lock braking system is that when all brakes are locked, it will then pulsate the brakes so that the driver does not have to. The consumer stated on his vehicle the brakes system could lock without pulsing. The consumer believed the brakes did not lock and the bas did not perform as designed.

- South Hamilton, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 272004

E500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 miles per hour down hill, the owner heard a warning light stating that the brakes had failed. The owner had to swerve to the right to avoid an accident before the vehicle came to a complete stop. The owner will contact the manufacturer.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
While driving 60 mph brake sensor light came on. As a result, when consumer attempted to pull over total brake failure occurred.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #1

May 132004

E500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
While driving 20 mph consumer applied the brakes but they braely functioned. This caused the vehicle to hit a bus. Upon impact, both frontal airbags did not deploy. A signal flashed on the dashboard indicating air bags malfunctioned. No injuries reported. Consumer had the vehicle towed to a repair facility. Not only did the air nag fail to deploy but the dash indicator illuminated indicating a malfunction with the restraint system

- Manhasset, NY, USA

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