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



  • gm1120gm1120 Posts: 22
    Don't feel bad! At least you have a free chrome grill. I only got $2080 under MSRP.
    Congrats, Sierrasonic! You know, I did do the invoice pricing on and the dealer's invoice was higher than what Edmunds had. I saw it on their computer creen and it was the same price the another salesperson in the same dealer quoted me, what I didn't do was look through what the invoice had on it. That maybe what I did wrong. The only thing I really regret is not getting the memory seat options and my husband really wanted the 5 spoke rims but the salesperson said that would be hard to find without the appearance package, which I didn't want because of the suede seats.
  • Thank you gm1120. How do you feel with the vehicle so far? Any comments?
  • kcmoverkcmover Posts: 29
    Drove both a ML 500 and ML 350 on Saturday and was impressed on how they drive compared to a Infinity FX-45 and the Lexus 470 vehicle. I think the Mercedes is more of a vehicle then the other two cars. The Infinity is too radical in styling and the Lexus seems to be dated styling and features.

    What kind of deal on a purchase do you think one can make on the 2006 model.

    I would be trading a 2002 Caddy DTS, Loaded with everything but Sunroof. Value around 17,500 to 18,500 hopefully.

    I normally purchase but would do a lease if the terms and factors were right. Help me out on how MB Leasing might structure a lease.

    Can I do a 36 or 42 month lease, Will they allow me to buy it with 20,000 miles per year in the lease.

    I don't mind buying the vehicle outside my city area so I can travel to a dealer that is flexible in making a deal happen.

    Any advice is appreciated.
  • Where are you from? I got a good deal from Bay area, CA. You can see my posts on top and also visit where you will get useful information too.
  • hi sierrasonic, i can't believe the deal you are getting, wow.i never thought anyone would be willin to sell below their invoice. especially from the high-end vehicle sectors. Those salesmen think if you can afford a Mercedes, then you can afford the full price. So it was always been hard to bargain with them in the past for me. None of my buying experiences were pleasant. And i absolutely hate paying for more than what the vehicle actually worth.
    I live in the bay area also, the oakland MB salesman just contacted me saying that they are having a house competition or something and are willing to offer the deal of $500 above their invoice if i can make the purchase by 6/20. So i was wondering which salesman did you made the contact with? Also, the tax in the bay area is pretty high, i was even thinking about buying a vehicle from Oregon and drive it down, could save me over 5000 in tax and its only couple hours of drive.
  • garretgarret Posts: 1
    What dealer did you purchase from? Location - City, State, Phone #? I want to purchase a ML for my wife.


  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,676
    No phone numbers, but dealership, city & state are fine. Let your fingers do the walking :)

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  • newmownernewmowner Posts: 86
    mymercedes, don't you pay tax in the state the vehicle is registered in? so driving to Oregon will do you no good if you don't register in Oregon. :surprise:
  • newmownernewmowner Posts: 86
    So I picked mine ML350 up last Wednesday. I love it. Got the Pewter with Black leather inserts. Memory seats are a must if you have multiple drivers. The seven spoke wheels are good looking, so don't feel you need upgraded wheels. Also, with bigger wheels, you get thinner tires, so ride quality is compromised. I am still getting used to alot of things, I had a Ford Explorer before this. Overall, the car is sweet. I am pretty critical though, so I do have a couple of minor comments that relate to the stereo. One is with respect to the stereo control on the steering wheel. While listening to the radio, why does the up and down button serve as a scan/seek button instead of scrolling through my presets? That is silly. Or am I not programming something right? Please advise if you know, thanks! Other comment is that the preset buttons (especially since I can't access them from the steering wheel) should be on the left side of the LCD screen, not the right side. I have to stretch across pretty far to access them. I did get the Entertainment Package, so listening to CDs will mitigate this, but I still think that could have been thought out more. Did anyone get the wheel lock bolts? I can't find a parts department that has them for the 2006, and I heard the bolts for the 2005 don't fit. Congrats to everyone on their purchases!
  • I got it from Pleasanton, CA.
  • gm1120gm1120 Posts: 22
    So far I love it. Although I already have a couple of complaints....I don't know if you've experienced this, but I live in the peninsula with LOTS of hills and when I'm going downhill at about 30-35 mph, it would suddenly jerk and downshift. Also, yesterday, I was at a stop sign and was making left and it jerked again. I think something's up with the 7 speed automatic shift (or whatever that's called). I had a 10 year old Lexus prior to this car and never had that kind of problem. My husband was also saying that when he goes 80 mph, he feels it trying to slow him down, since I don't go that fast, I haven't had that experience. Then, there's the brake pedal, it seems too low, like I have to press halfway before the brake engages. Have you noticed that? I had a couple of people test drive the car and they both mentioned the same thing (without me bringing it up). I had it serviced today for the safety recall (clamp on steering fluid) and had them check out the brakes, they said they bled it, may have had air pockets and should be working just fine, but I haven't noticed any difference. I'm still happy though and excited. I did buy the car for the looks :) What about you?
  • gm1120gm1120 Posts: 22
    Since we own a house in Arizona, we asked about buying out of state so we pay lower taxes and we were told (by the financing lady at the dealer), that you can buy out of state but when you register your car in California within 1 year of purchase from out of state, you would have to pay the taxes then, based on your address in CA.
  • Same thing with me also. When it is going downhill it is Jerking(Suddenly the gare changing) and also same thing with brake we have to push little harder.

  • newmownernewmowner Posts: 86
    gm1120, ask the service center about those mechanical things you feel. i don't experience those things at all.

    i know the vehicle has a braking sensor for safety, i wonder it that is kicking in? also, when you were on the hills, were you manually shifting, or just in normal drive? :confuse:
  • It is coming in normal drive(Automatic). I didn't try manual.
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,676
    Since this is the pricing discussion, please discuss ownership issues in our regular Mercedes-Benz M-class (ML320, ML350, ML500 and ML55) discussion. Thanks.

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  • gm1120gm1120 Posts: 22
    Sierrasonic, Newmowner
    I'll post my reposnse in the that other area Kristy is referring to in the above post.
  • newmowner,
    You probably already figured it out, but in my E there is a 'preference' you can change to either scan the radio or jump through presets with the steering wheel control.

    Any Los Angeles buyers out there? I'm deciding between Auto Steigler and Fletcher Jones. Thoughts?
  • newmownernewmowner Posts: 86
    Anthony, I spoke with the rep who walks thru the new car (who seemed :shades: very knowledgeable about the features on all the models), and apparently, the other versions had a function to switch the way the steering wheel controls function, but the new ML does not have that, yet.
  • fun6889fun6889 Posts: 27
    Anyone out there have pricing for 06 ML350 for NJ/NYC area?
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