2004 Mercedes-Benz S600

Fresh off last week’s 2018 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG, I thought I’d look at one of the first vehicles equipped with the M275 engine, the W220 S600. This engine replaced the god awful M158 V12 that lasted a few short years and was by far the better engine for the job. It was so good, they literally put it in almost every vehicle in their range for the next 15 years, including that G65 that I just mentioned. You would think an old twin-turbocharged V12 would be nothing but trouble, but they are fairly easy to live with as long as you remember it is an old twin-turbocharged V12.

This 2004 S600 up for sale in Texas comes in with just a little over 32,000 miles and seems to be in top shape. Admittedly, it isn’t the most attractive car ever in terms of looks and of course the tech is a bit dated, but for the price, is it worth look?

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Year: 2004
VIN: WDBNG76J33A350536
Model: S600
Engine: 5.5 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 32,400 mi
Location: McKinney, Texas
Price: $16,500 Buy It Now

2004 Mercedes- Benz S600
AMG sport Package
Black over Black interior
32,400 miles

More photos and video below

This Mercedes presents as a very nice driver

A recent service was completed which included a new passenger side coil, and new sparkplugs

The cosmetics are very good, sporting its original paint job from the factory, it only has minor flaws such as a few scrapes under the front bumper and a few minor imperfections on the rear bumper. all panels are straight and there are no dings or dents.

The engine runs flawlessly and pulls like the freight train of a motor it is. no smoking no knocking or tapping.

The interior truly presents as new, it has no flaws to note and is like entering into a time capsule back to 2004.
EVERYTHING works, all power accessories and lights also work without flaw including the soft close doors

All books and manuals will come with the car as It did from new

I have a clean title in hand

Fly in and drive home

As excited as I was to maybe think this was going to be a perfect example, it is not. It has a few cosmetic flaws like a dinged up bumper, even though there are literally parking sensors right above the damage. The interior also has some heavy dirt that could have been cleaned up, but I guess that wasn’t high on the priority list. The seller says the passenger side coil pack was recently replaced, which is the Achilles heel on these cars, and I hope the driver’s side was already replaced prior. A major plus on this one is Distronic cruise, so points on that one.

The ask on this one is $16,500, which seems to be in the ballpark. The paint damage on the rear bumper really bugs me for some reason as that isn’t going to be a quick fix needed to make this one a near perfect example. I do think there are plenty of other low-mile S600s out there so it isn’t like this is some kind of holy grail. Either way, a cool example for not a lot of scratch.

– Andrew

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8 Comments

  1. It’s so odd when a V12, let along tt one, needs to have reassurance given that it can actually move the car. Where else can we go from there, a V24?

    The interior is, as usual, horrible and cheap, like a Dodge fleet vehicle from the same era, with the same parts and design.

  2. Sounds like they get harder and harder to fix. Could be a big money drain.

  3. I really miss my 2004 S600. Mine was silver on black, sport pack, with a renntech tune. It was around 520WHP on the dyno and…600 something WTQ. I searched high and low to find a distronic equipped example and loved it. It was one of the best snow cars I’ve ever owned, because even after sitting outside in the 20 degree weather, the engine would be at near operating temperature, so no waiting for warm air to come out of the vents. I also have the MB dealer scanner so I moved the speed limiter to 155 and got rid of the irritating seat belt chime and side marker lights.

  4. The carfax shows this car with 32,492 miles in 2013, and nothing for 7 years until the seller purchased it. Not even registrations or inspections…

    What did the car do for 7 years, I’d be interested in the back story.

  5. @Bryan, no personal attacks please. Glad to have everyone here.

    Thanks!
    Carter

  6. @Carter,

    Make sure you speak to Brad as well about his continued uninformed attacks on the cars you so kindly share here for us to enjoy, as I am not the only person who has grown tired of it.

    Happy New Year!
    Bryan

  7. …wait, did I actually miss some drama here on the blog?!

  8. @Bryan,

    Thank you for your input. Brad’s opinions on the cars are just that – his opinions on the car at hand – and are not directed at any individual. He has the right to express them. I understand if you don’t agree, and you can certainly state that; however – as I’ve previously stated, comments directed at another individual and not pertinent to the car will be removed. Thank you for understanding and joining the discussion!

    Carter

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