UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13G

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 4)*

Mercury General Corporation
(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock
(Title of Class of Securities)

589400100
(CUSIP Number)

December 31, 2003
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

heck the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this
chedule is filed:

X] Rule 13d-1(b) ] Rule 13d-1(c) ] Rule 13d-1(d)

The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting erson's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class f securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information hich would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

he information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not e deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities xchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of hat section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of he Act (however, see the Notes).

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1 NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)
Capital Research and Management Company 95-1411037

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (SEE INSTRUCTIONS) (a)

(b)

3 SEC USE ONLY

4 CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

Delaware

5 SOLE VOTING POWER

NONE

             6   SHARED VOTING POWER
 NUMBER OF
   SHARES         NONE
BENEFICIALL
 Y OWNED BY
             7   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
    EACH
 REPORTING        2,050,000
   PERSON
   WITH:
             8   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

                  NONE

9 AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

2,050,000 Beneficial ownership disclaimed pursuant to Rule 13d-4

10 CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
(SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

11 PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9

3.8%

12 TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)

IA

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                  SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                         Washington, DC 20549

                             Schedule 13G
               Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

mendment No. 4

tem 1(a) Name of Issuer:
Mercury General Corporation

tem 1(b) Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices:
4484 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

tem 2(a) Name of Person(s) Filing:

Capital Research and Management Company

tem 2(b) Address of Principal Business Office or, if none, Residence:
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

tem 2(c)     Citizenship:   N/A

tem 2(d)     Title of Class of Securities:
       Common Stock

tem 2(e)     CUSIP Number:
       589400100

tem 3     If this statement is filed pursuant to sections 240.13d-1(b)
       or 240.13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:
       (e)      [X]     An investment adviser in accordance with
            section 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E).

tem 4     Ownership

       Provide the following information regarding the aggregate
       number and percentage of the class of securities of the issuer
       identified in Item 1.

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(a) Amount beneficially owned:
(b) Percent of class:
(c) Number of shares as to which the person has:
(i) Sole power to vote or to direct the vote:
(ii) Shared power to vote or to direct the vote:
(iii) Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:
(iv) Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:

Capital Research and Management Company, an investment adviser registered under Section 203 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 is deemed to be the beneficial owner of 2,050,000 shares or 3.8% of the 54,416,000 shares of Common Stock believed to be outstanding as a result of acting as investment adviser to various investment companies registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940.

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tem 5     Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.  If this
       statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date
       hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial
       owner of more than five percent of the class of securities,
       check the following: [X]

tem 6     Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another
       Person: N/A

tem 7     Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which
       Acquired the Security Being Reported on By the Parent Holding
       Company or Control Person.: N/A

tem 8     Identification and Classification of Members of the Group:
       N/A

tem 9     Notice of Dissolution of Group:  N/A

tem 10     Certification

       By signing below, I certify that, to the best of my knowledge
       and belief, the securities referred to above were acquired and
       are held in the ordinary course of business and were not
       acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect
       of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the
       securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection
       with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose
       or effect.

Signature

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Date:          February 10, 2004

Signature:     *Paul G. Haaga, Jr.
Name/Title:    Paul G. Haaga, Jr., Executive Vice
                President
               Capital Research and Management Company



 *By    /s/ Anna J. Griffith
        Anna J. Griffith
        Attorney-in-fact

Signed pursuant to a Power of Attorney dated January 14, 2004 included as an Exhibit to Schedule 13G filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Capital Research and Management Company on February 6, 2004 with respect to Air Products and Chemicals, Incorporated

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