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2013 and earlier-Mercedes Benz M-Class Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Hi, Sorry I'm just getting back. Was out of town. I paid $28,000.00 for my 2003 ML350 Inspiration model. It has 26,450 miles on it. I LOVE THIS CAR !
  • ez2doez2do Posts: 9
    Were you able to negotiate on the price or was the dealer firm ? What features does the Inspiration model have ?
    The 2003 ML350 that I am looking comes with M1 package, Bose, 6 CD changer, front heated seats and rear DVD. I am totally oblivious to the pricing so I apologize for being ignorant to readers. The original mfg warranty will expire on Apr07 so I will have to purchase an extended 1-2 yrs warranty between $1.8k to $2.5k additional.

    Thanks in advance for the info.
  • Best price found in Boston area:
    2007 ML350
    Premium 2 pkg
    Heated seats
    6 Disc Changer
    Capri Blue (Metallic)
    Macadamia

    Invoice:$47,572
    Price: $47,000
    Out the door: $49,631 (MA tax of 5% plus some fees)
  • lok888lok888 Posts: 1,749
    hswartz1 - Do you mind tell me where did you get your ML? Dealership name is just fine. My family member is interested in ML350. Also, I am surprised that there is no 6 disc in-dash CD changer.
  • Inskip Mercedes in RI was where the quoted offer came from.

    The CD changer is in the glovebox on these models, not the dash. The glove box is rather easy to reach - it is better than the old trunk version they were putting into their vehicles. Plus, the changer plays mp3 cds while the in dash does not.
  • I am also looking to buy a 2003 ML320.I live in the Boston area. So far the mileage is 65k and priced around $15k from a private party.the car is silver color and black interior. it has all the options except navigation system.All the car services were done through the MB dealer in westwood MA.It had one owner so far.The exterior is in excellent shape. It only needs new tires.
    Can anybody tell if I am getting a good deal at around $15K or not .?
    thank you
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    Get a readout of the service history on the truck. The dealer can do this for you.
  • mkbdmkbd Posts: 8
    I was just offered the following deal and I would like to know anyone's thoughts:

    ML 350 w/premium I and 6cd changer MSRP $46,695
    License, "rental surcharge??", tire & battery fees $266
    Bank charge $1,095
    Dealer fee $599
    Cap reduction (after asking for quot w.$0 down) $986
    Upfront taxes $192
    Disposition fee $595
    39 months
    12k miles/yr ($0.25/mi over)
    $566/mo + tax
    Also offered first $5000 & fist 1000 miles over "wear & tear" policy for $675
    Thoughts anyone??
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    You'll probably stand a better chance of a good answer in the M-Class Lease Questions Forum.
  • cneffcneff Posts: 65
    I've been using Morristown MB for years, they have leased to me 3 and serviced 4 MBs to date and I am very satisfied.

    Service has been very good which is what really counts when having one of these cars. To get an MB loaner (C-class and sometimes the C350) you need to make an appt and get there early in the morning otherwise it is a Camry which is not bad as they are usually brand new. Just happy to have a loaner.

    You really need an appt for service but I've shown up a couple times with some glitches and they've done whatever they could to assist..right on the spot..usually those fixes happened in less then 30 mins and I'm off.

    I find Morristown fair and honest, both sales and service, and they are courteous to my Wife. I am still interested in MB because of the good service there.

    I tried Audi once and that was/is the last time...felt like I was the enemy and that was at multiple dealers - all Northern NJ.

    Good luck
  • Yesterday I ordered a 2007 ML 350 for my wife from SF Mercedes through RB, their Internet Advisor. Rather than going to the end of the line, RB was able to modify to her specs one ML of several they had on order from the plant. It will be built on May 8th and arrive at the dealer 3 weeks later.
    The MSRP (window sticker) is $54,224 without any “junk” fees at all such as an advertising fee, prep fee, paint stripes, etched windows, or even a DVF fee (Dealer’s Vacation Fund).
    The total price including being trucked to my driveway outside of Reno is $49,329. California law prohibits operation of a new vehicle in state before sales tax is paid and the purchase of a temp movement permit. Reno sales tax on this purchase is $518 less than SF sales tax compared to the estimated trucking cost of $170 which is included in the price.
    When I called RB I asked for $1,400 under invoice which he agreed to without quibble. When he couldn’t find one to fit my wife in the Bay area we decided to order.
    At this time last year we purchased from SF Mercedes a 2006 ML 350 from Bay area stock for $300 under invoice, also trucked to our driveway on a flat bed wrecker truck. Everything was in order and the SUV arrived in perfect condition less a little road dust and bug splatters. I’ve never been to the SF dealer or to SF for the past 15 years. SF Mercedes constantly ships new cars to other states.
  • Just purchased a brand new ml 350 White/Macadamia Leather interior from Phil Smart Mercedes Benz in Seattle. This dealer was able to locate the above combination where none of the others we talked to could find exactly what we wanted. The White/ Macadamia leather was very scarce. We were tempted to go to Los Angeles and get a Mb tex interior one for 5K under MSRP as quoted by Cars Direct, but by the time we paid for trucking and not getting what we wanted, which was the Macadamia nut leather. It was 2k under MSRP where we settled with Phil Smart here in Seattle. We have purchased two other MB's from them and have been very happy with their customer service. The Service Department is first rate.

    The MSRP including trucking was $51,995. We paid 49,995.

    We opted for the P2 package, heated front seats, and a trailer hitch.
  • pasi100pasi100 Posts: 6
    I ordered my M-class in December 2006 from my local Mercedes dealer here in Europe (100% owned by DaimerChrysler), to be delivered in April 2007. My dealer called me yesterday to inform me that the car has been manufacturfed and is on the way to my dealer. By the way, he said, the price has gone up by 3000 dollars, annual increase. I protested but the general terms and conditions allow the dealer to increase the price by 8%, without buyer's consent.

    I did some research noting that Mercedes did not have any price increase since I bought my car. The price list on the Mercedes website is still the same price list applied in my case! So there was no price increase! The dealer lied!

    The dealer has the right to increase the price between the order date and delivery date (included in the general terms and conditions) but the justification for the increase (annual increase) was simply not true.

    Could this have happended in the US? How would you have reacted in the US?
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    I suppose that it could happen. However, a complaint to the Better Business Bureau, the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs and a threat of a lawsuit for breach of contract (the offer to buy is a contract signed by both the buyer and the dealer) would probably get them to hold to their contracted price - unless there had been an official DCAG corporate price increase.

    If that's not possible in Europe, I would go to another Niederlassung.
  • oiakouoiakou Posts: 18
    So, did anybody get any good deals lately? I am interested in buying, but want to find a dealer that will give a good price without too much haggling...
  • kimcorkkimcork Posts: 4
    I just ordered a 2007 ML320 CDI for 6.5% below MSRP in New Jersey. I shopped around the NJ area, and was satisfied that this was about the best I could do. I had several offers for about 3% under MSRP.
  • tyresmokertyresmoker Posts: 266
    How did you "order" the vehicle??...the order banks are closed on the '07's.
  • kimcorkkimcork Posts: 4
    I found a dealer that already had a CDI on order (for themselves)--they can modify the options on an existing vehicle until about six weeks prior to build date....same as post #223 did.
  • stetsonbustetsonbu Posts: 14
    Hi Kimcork,

    6.5% below MSRP sounds pretty good. What is the name of the dealership you ordered yours through? I live down in MD, but would possibly consider driving up there to get a better deal.

    How do you like your new ML320 CDI? I'm also looking at the 2007 Acura MDX, but like the idea of getting a diesel engine to save on MPG, especially knowing the gas isn't getting any cheaper!

    Would appreciate your help!
    Jason
    stetsonbu@hotmail.com
  • kimcorkkimcork Posts: 4
    Hi Jason

    I ordered through Mercedes Benz of Princeton; not sure they have any more available for order--but imagine they have a couple in inventory. I don't have it yet--it will be built the week of 21 June, and I should be able to pick it up around 4 July. I wanted Capri Blue or Barolo Red with a black interior, P1, and a hitch--and that combination did not exist anywhere (they can "see" every car that exists in the US, and every car coming down the line down in AL). I have an acquaintance down in the DC area who bought one of the first CDIs and is really thrilled with it.

    I checked with 4 other MB dealers in the area, and none of the others could order a 2007--all offered to order me a 2008--price TBD.

    I think if you're not fussy about color combos/options the deals will get better and better through the summer--my deal with Princeton was a good for both of us: I got exactly what I want, and they sold one of the last 2007s that'll come off the line well in advance. By Aug, when the 2008s are due to come out....they'd have to discount that 2007 more.

    By the end of the year last year, they were discounting the ML350s significantly (3K below invoice in some areas). In addition, if you don't mind buying a not quite new truck, 2007 fleet cars are just becoming available. I haven't seen any CDI fleet cars, but there have to be a few.

    Overall though, I think the CDI is more scarce than the 350. Probably they aren't making as many...and because of its better torque and the price of gas, lots of us are taking a close look. I also think it's worth noting that MB had a "friends and family deal" for employees during April...but none of the diesels were included, and that when I tried to use my insurance company's "negotiation" service, they told me the CDI is a "hot seller" and to expect to pay MSRP.

    There's good info on mbworld.org about the options that will be available on the 2008.
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