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

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  • Carman - I posted this in the other MB forum - so pardon the double post - no one has answered that one

    Just curious if this is a good deal.
    2011 E350W - P2 package plus sun room, split rear seats, leather, paladium silver

    MSRP with $875 destination and delivery is
    $60710.00
    Price they are selling it for $51981.00
    Sales tax #3248.81
    Other fees (385.99) license, title, etc

    51 month lease, due at signing first month's payment +license title - $981.00
    Residual $31569.00
    Payment - $699
    Money factor - .00260 (I have top credit, returning customer, turning in other E350 3 months early)

    Seems like they are not taking off the current $2k promotion - and seems like they are adding a small amount to the money factor. I'm in TX - and I believe they could use tax credits to get rid of that tax - which is what I'm pushing for. Thoughts? Update on this - they say no tax credits (whatever) and that the $2k is already factored in.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Yes, it is an excellent deal. They must be taking off the 2k promotion in order to price the vehicle the way they are. Over 8K off sticker is an excellent deal, however I do not know how that relates to a lease. They may have another incentive on leases. The 2k off should apply to leases.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • e350 4 matic with p2, parktronic, andamg sport package, prepaid maintainence, panaromic roof
    msrp 63619
    sell price; 55800
    lease deal: 2 yr 10k miles per year - 695 a month (685 wo maint), 1720 due at signing

    got the iridium silver with black interior - looks amazing
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Sounds like a great deal. Indium Silver nice, P2 w/4matic great. Just enjoy. You'll find that the new E class is far superior to the old body style and suspension. Corners better, handles better, more room in the interior, and a much heavier feel to the vehicle even though the weight is very similar to the old E class.

    24 month lease is a perfect lease since you don't tire of the car in that short a period of time.

    Good luck

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • Bought the car over the weekend.
    E350 4Matic
    Iridium Silver, black
    115V AC
    Parktronic
    Pano roof
    spoiler
    P02
    AMG Wheel
    MSRP $63170, bought at $55750 included $1000 fleet discount.

    Now I have the question about those insurance the dealer try to sell to me. My biggest question is on the Tire and Wheel Protection, do I really need it?

    Thanks,
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Good luck! I live in Florida, where the roads do not have pot holes and are in pretty good condition. If I lived in NY area, or another area of the country where there are pot holes or debris all over the roads, I would get the tire/wheel protection. I have the AMG wheels also with those low profile tires. If you hit a pot hole with those tires and wheels, chances are you will blow out the tire and possibly bend the wheel. That is when it pays to get that insurance. If you don't have poor roads, the insurance is not necessary. Over the past 4 years, I've had E350's with tire and wheel packages and have never had a problem. But remember, I live in a warmer climate with excellent to good roads.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    I'm not sure of the extent of the coverage on the tire and wheel policy or its cost but it might be worth considering. Do some searching here and on benzworld.org. I've seen several complaints about cracking of the 18" AMG wheels on the sport edition of the E. I haven't seen complaints about the smaller wheel on the luxury edition. The larger diameter wheel has a tire with to shorter sidewall depth and less room for the sidewall to flex and absorb impact if you strike potholes, etc. at high speed.
    Ask your dealers parts dept the price of a replacement wheel for your E and then check tirerack.com to get an ideal of prices of replacement tires. Seeing the numbers may make your decision easier.
    My knee jerk reaction would be to buy it for the sport model but decline it on the luxury,. But I've been wrong before.
    You got a nice deal...enjoy your car.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    If you don't have the sport package, then DON'T BUY IT! The rims and tires on your 4 matic are not that expensive to replace. It's the AMG wheels and large 18" tires that are expensive. Don't waste your money. I used to be in the car business, and I only recommended it to people who had expensive rims and tires.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • Mine is sport with 18" AMG wheel, I live in Philly PA, Should I really consider it?
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Definitely! In a city like Philadelphia, where there are many, many pot holes and road debris on interstates, I would purchase the insurance. I think it costs about $300.00, plus or minus a few bucks. All you need to do is use it just once, and it's more than paid for itself. If the cost has gone up sustantially, like $700.00, it is still worth the expense. Check with the dealer for limits - like how much will the policy reimburse you. If the limit is $2000.00, then it is still worth the expense.

    The main concern I have is the limitations and numbers of times you can file a claim. I believe that replacing the tire is around 275.00 dollars, and the rim is about 600.00 dollars or so.

    Again, if I lived in NY, Philadephia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New Jersey, etc., I would purchase the policy. Since I live in an area that is well-maintained (roads that is) and in good to excellent condition, it is not in my best interest since I probably will never use the policy.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • I have a GL320 coming off lease . To induce me to lease a new one, the finance manager offered me a special deal that offered employee pricing which was about 10-13% off MSRP. He told me that MB Financial gave them 12 "codes" for this program. Turns out the GL does not qualify but the e Class does. This got my attention and I started talking to them about trading another car for a new e350 4-Matic.

    Does anyone know about this program?

    What is the discount?

    Can this be combined with the $2,000 currently offered.

    Is there any other incentive for MB Financial customers I should know about?
  • mankumanku Posts: 33
    We have a 2009 E350 and live in Beverly Hills -which has among the best roads in the country. Unfortunately, LA does not.

    A week after getting the car, my wife runs over a pot hole - one tire gone. Fortunately, MB replaced it free of charge as it was such a new vehicle.

    A year later, my wife makes a sharp turn over a curve in Century City...both left side tires shot! $700.

    I would get it in a heartbeat...
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Do you have the 18" tires on your 2009 E350?
    Thanks.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    I've know Mercedes Benz dealers to replace a tire, at no charge to the customer, even though it was not a defect in the tire, but rather a road hazzard. I referred my doctor to my dealer for a new black S550 sport. About a week or two later, they pulled a huge bolt out of one of his tires and wanted to charge him for the tire, etc. I called my service manager, whom I know quite well, and asked if he could do something for my doctor. He called me back and said he would replace his tire a no cost to the doctor. I asked him how he was able to "eat" the cost of that, about 450.00 with balancing and mounting, and he said that he receives credits from tire manufacturers when he buys their tires. In this case, my doctor's tire was a Michelin, and since he had several credits available, he was able to do it for no cost.

    So, I guess it's all about who you know and what you know - nothing really changes, does it?

    AS for the insurance, like I said, I would purchase the insurance if I lived in a city or area where there are lots of pot holes/road debris, like New York City, Philly, Chicago, LA, St. Louis, etc.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • 2011 E350, Palladium silver, almond seating, black ash interior. Optioned with sport package, P2, dynamic seating, split folding rear seat, heated seats, pano roof, AMG wheel package and rear spoiler. MSRP was $60,050 and I negotiated $54,000, or $1,800 under invoice from Edmunds. Keep in mind this is Silicon Valley so I think that's pretty good.
     
    Also for comparison, I negotiated these other deals as backup:
    **2011 E350, Arctic White, almond seating, black ash int, P1, AMG wheels, pano roof, split folding rear seats, dynamic drivers seat, rear spoiler, heated front seats: MSRP $57,525, dealt down to $52,075
     
    **2011 E350, Arctic White, almond seating, black ash int, P1, split folding rear seats, dynamic drivers seat, heated front seats: MSRP $54,715, dealt down to $49,500

    Thanks!
  • could you please share the name of the dealer? I am also in the area and am looking for a E350. thx.
  • brod2brod2 Posts: 1
    All please let me know if you think this is a good deal.

    2009 CPO E350 Sedan with AMG Sports Package and Premium 1 Package.
    Nav and heated seats also included.
    39,000 miles, was a lease vehicle (2 year lease, 1 owner)
    1 year extended warranty (beyond the CPO warranty) has been thrown in by dealer and dealer is asking 34K.

    Good deal or keep looking?
  • storm10storm10 Posts: 175
    Prior to buying 2011 E-Class you have to make the most important decision: Sport or Luxury edition. This article Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sport Sedan vs. Luxury Sedan gives the most detailed comparison I've seen so far...

    At this point I'm leaning toward Luxury with Premium 2 package, because it adds Daytime Running LED's in the front bumper. Are there any opinions?
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Thanks for posting that link. I'm for luxury all the way. I'd prefer the softer ride and the 17" tires and wheels are less likely to be damaged by road debris and potholes. The wear longer and are less costly to replace. I don't care about the LED running lights.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Remember, LED daytime running lamps are STANDARD on the sport model, not the luxury. So if you are getting the luxury with P2 so you can get daytime LED running lamps, it's a waste of money.

    The luxury sedan, at trade-in time, will not be worth as much as a sport model, according to the used car manager at my dealership. Most people prefer the sport package over the luxury package.

    If you are considering the luxury model over the sport model, then I am assuming you prefer a softer ride, smaller wheels and tires, and a less sporty look.

    Whatever your decision, good luck. Both models are great cars.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • storm10storm10 Posts: 175
    I don't really care about resale value, because I'm going to lease. The residual value is the same on both Luxury and Sport.

    Currently, I' m leasing 2008 E350 Sport. I actually test drove both 2011 Sport and Luxury and could not see any difference in performance, but Luxury edition ride felt so much better! Plus Luxury has higher ground clearance, Sport front is so low I would not want to scrape it all over the place...
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    You would not see a noticeable difference in performance between the sport and luxury models. The only noticeable difference is the ride (stiffer and less forgiving with the sport) and cornering/handling (more precise with the sport).

    I agree with your comment about the lower stance and profile of the sport. I always have to be careful when parking my car here in Florida where all parking is pull-in, pull-out, making sure I do not pull in too close to the wheel stump. My previous sport models (2008-2010) all had scrapes under the front bumper - clearance is very poor. I have vowed that this new 2011 will have no scrapes, but I'm just kidding myself.

    With the exception of the suspension, stance, side/front additions, wheels/tires, and the instrument cluster, the cars are the same. Even if I had opted to purchase a luxury model here in south Florida, my dealer would have had to order one for me or dealer trade one for me because he does not carry more than 2 or 3 luxury models at a time compared to 40-50 sport models.

    Since you are leasing the vehicle, your decision seems well thought-out. Good luck!

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • Bought myself a sport as well and agree with you a 100% on the low profile. Just love the look of the sport maybe because I am still on my 30s?
    I already had a few scratches on my front fender even I paid extra careful.
    Do not undersand why here in LA the wheel stump is not of the same height.
    The wonder of sport is you have two options. Sport and Luxury.
    I go for luxury on my long drive and sport if I'm on my adrenaline rush.
    I find both of this option to my liking so it depend on your preference. Either way is a win win situation.
  • Abacomike, sounds like u know what pricing may be in south Florida. I haven't found any quotes like the California discounts. Anyone have any info? Just started to shop. Have E 320
    looking to upgrade/ Thanx
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Hi, passion4cars. I live in the north Broward area, just south of Boca Raton. I used to purchase my cars at Ft. Lauderdale Mercedes, but I now do business ONLY with Mercedes Benz of Delray. They have the best pricing of all the dealers in south Florida. I've purchased 3 new E350's from them over the past two years and have developed a great relationship with the sales manager and general manager. Great dealership, great pricing.

    I make the following suggestions to you when you have a trade.

    1. Check with Edmunds as well as KellyBlueBook to find out approximately what your trade is worth. When you answer their questions about the trade, be honest - if the car if good, then it's NOT excellent. If the car is fair, then it is NOT good, if you get my drift. You want to go into the dealership armed with approximate "trade value" or "book value" of your trade. Of course, there is always a little wiggle room for negotiation.

    2. Next, find out the invoice of the vehicle you are interested in, with all the options you want. This can be found on Edmunds when you build the car you want to purchase. As an example, you would not want to purchase a new E350 without a P1 package. My car came equipped with Premium 1 pkg, rear folding seats and the tire and wheel package. So, I priced the vehicle on Edmunds to find out what invoice is.

    3. Next, check on Edmunds to find out if there are any incentives available on the specific vehicle you are interested in. This includes any special financing rates available.

    Next, to to the dealer, find a car on the lot that is exactly what your are looking for in terms of color, equipment, etc., and negotiate.

    Remember, Mercedes Benz of Pembroke Pines, Ft. Lauderdale, Delray, Pompano, and a few others are all owned by AutoNation. So once you visit one of their dealerships, your information will appear to all the other AutoNation dealerships along with your trade and the appraised value. However, I have found that the Delray dealership, which is fairly new, has the best deals of all their dealerships, and this is from first hand experience.

    Hope this helps you.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Hi bacolod. The two choices you have in the E350 has nothing to do with the "ride", but rather the transmission. You have an E setting and an S setting. The E setting is for "Economy" and the S setting is for "Sport". In Economy mode, the automatic transmission changes gears more quickly, getting you into "hi" gear faster where you get better fuel economy. The Sport mode holds gears for longer periods of time, thus fuel economy is not as good.

    I believe only the AMG version of the E class has several settings for ride and handling (I'm not sure if the E550 has those settings). So, those two settings on the E350 models are for transmission, not for ride and handling.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    Passion4cars, there is one more thing you should know. Right now, Mercedes Benz is offering a $2000 loyalty rebate on their E350's along with special financing. Check out Edmunds for specifics.

    Thus, if you can negotiate a deal at invoice, you would subtract $2000 from that price. That's why so many people have been getting great deals.

    I purchased mine with the $2000 loyalty incentive, and back in Dec., they had special financing up to 66 months at 1.9 % or even better if you negotiate.

    Hope this helps.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • Thanks Mike. Will check it out.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 4,264
    You are welcome. If you decide to visit Mercedes of Delray, ask for the Sales Manager, and say you were referred by "Mike S." That should get you the kind of deal I believe you are looking for.

    2015 Mercedes Benz E400 Sport Sedan

  • indygindyg Posts: 1
    Interested if anyone has found a better price on the following E350 with MSRP of $59,345. Seems like the 4-Matic has changed my ability to negotiate for a lower price in the Midwest.
    -4Matic
    -P1 Package
    -R08 Wheel Package
    -Metallic Paint (Iridium Silver)
    -Panorama Sunroof

    Cash Selling Price of $56,595
    Doc Fee and Tire Tax $151.50
    Sales Tax $ 3,962
    Total OTD $60,708

    If Anyone has found better prices in the Chicago Area please let me know. Thanks.
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