Differences between 2003 and 2004 models

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W220 2003

W220s produced in 2003 began the option changes:

  • widescreen nav,
  • new hood,
  • new bumper,
  • new rear apron
  • some electrical changes.

W220 2004

W220s from 2004 had more changes:

  • Widescreen DVD nav,
  • VCF available on all cars (voice control)
  • dvd mp3 capability standard
  • 12 speaker bose system
  • 17" wheels standard
  • 7 speed tranny,
  • Many of the standard items that were only available for the S500 were also standard on the S430, like carpet, seats, electronic options etc. Bi-zenons, heated steering, headlamp washers, rear window shades etc.
  • MOST networking began replacing D2B
  • Pre-safe system became standard on all S Class
  • Suspension system and electronics updated
  • Heated windscreens standard with cold weather package for all S Class
  • Folding mirrors when parking option available on all S Class
  • S430 and S500 engines were updated and gave a few (very few) more mpg than the previous models.
  • Gear ratios got a little better giving a little better performance in the city and highway (due to new transmission).
  • Sat radio, bluetooth, and a different phone system also came with the facelifts after 2004.