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My E320 4matic (2001) has 103,000 miles on it (rock solid vehicle) and I'm
sure there are many more miles to go but I've decided to start a search for
the next MB and have decided on either an S430 4matic or an S500 4matic.
Just as the E class had some bad model years (2002, 2003) I've been warned
away from the earlier S's in this body style as well as the 2004. I'm
leaning towards the 05 or 06 because I want a low mileage car but if I
happen to find an 04 with low miles should I stay away and if so why?

Are there any specific known problems that I should be looking for - Comand
console was a problem in early cars), air shocks....

Thanks,
 

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My E320 4matic (2001) has 103,000 miles on it (rock solid vehicle) and I'm
sure there are many more miles to go but I've decided to start a search for
the next MB and have decided on either an S430 4matic or an S500 4matic.
Just as the E class had some bad model years (2002, 2003) I've been warned
away from the earlier S's in this body style as well as the 2004. I'm
leaning towards the 05 or 06 because I want a low mileage car but if I
happen to find an 04 with low miles should I stay away and if so why?

Are there any specific known problems that I should be looking for - Comand
console was a problem in early cars), air shocks....

Thanks,
O4's are solid. and the first gen. of the "better" of the S-class cars.

You are on the right track but you are safe to expand your search to
include the 04 as well.
 

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Stick with 05 or 06 (06 is really a late 05). Those were the best years and most reliable. 04 was OK. 03 was ify and as you know 00-02 were a mess.
 
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