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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,380 miles

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2004 Mercedes-Benz S430 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz S430 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 022007


  • 29,066 miles


I purchased a certified pre-owned 2004 Mercedes Benz S430-4matic in March 2007, after retiring. I also brought an extended warranty costing over $3000 dollars. I have returned this vehicle to a Mercedes Benz dealership for repairs over approximately 27 times since purchasing the vehicle. The problems include the electrical system (door locks); trunk lid lock, suspension system, tire pressure sensors, engine and engine cooling system (air conditioning system will only dispense cold air at 55 degrees and lower) and most recently the radio and navigation system are failing. Now that the warranties on the vehicle have expired the dealership will not repair the above problems under warranty. I filed a complaint with Mercedes Benz usa and I'm waiting for a decision regarding the repairs totaling over $4700.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 142005

S430 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,693 miles
Raining, vehicle leak of water from storm front passenger, left and right rear passenger floor area completely soaked with water. Water resulted in electrical control panel shortage. No brake lights, no speedometer, instrument panel flickering. Drove to dealer, diagnosis waterdrain off near windshield defective and replaced after parts ordered.

- Galloway Township, NJ, USA

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