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

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  • It depends on the cost of getting out of your lease. I paid $1000 to get out of a 39 mo lease after 13 months. Then I took advantage of conquest money etc and leased the e350 for 24 mos, no money down, multiple security deposits...for less per month than I was paying for the infiniti M37. My Infiniti dealer bought the car so there was no tax on the buyout...just $1000.

    You really don't know until you ask and look at your personal situation. If you are considering purchasing a gas e350, the 2012 is a much better car (engine)...if you are leasing and want a diesel, you will probably never see a better deal than the one they are offering now on 2011's on a 24 month lease.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    Yes! Mercedes Benz usually has special promotions/incentives during November and December. Last year, they provided 3 years of EMBRACE (Mercedes Benz's answer to ONSTAR) if you financed your vehicle with Mercedes Benz Financial. They also had a $2000 loyalty incentive as well and $1500 loyalty for MB Financial.

    As for the new engine (my new 2012 E350 is currently at the port of Jacksonville awaiting transport down here to the southeast coast of FL), you will have 34 more horsepower (268 to 302),with significantly improved fuel economy (my brother has the new engine in his E350 coupe and is getting 32 mpg's in cruise control on the turnpike) a new "BLUE EFFICIENCY" transmission (I was told by my service manager that the new transmission is really the same transmission withe a few changes coupled with a BRAND NEW BLUE FLUID), and updates to the center speedometer screen (in the E350, you have two screens, one in the center above the console and another in the middle of the speedometer) which adds color to the readouts for NAV, RADIO STATIONS, FUEL ECONOMY READINGS, TIRE PRESSURE MONITORS, ETC. Also, there will be anew LED daytime running light configuration for both the sport and luxury models.

    I would not recommend getting out of your lease with Infiniti UNLESS you have very low mileage and the car is worth more than the residual plus your remaining payments. If you wait until your lease is over, you won't have the added expense and, from my experiences, you can still get incentives from MB during the spring and summer.

    If you qualify for a USAA incentive, it may pay to get out fo the lease early.

    Whatever you decide, good luck.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • How does the sports model compare to the Luxury model? We just bought the sports model last week. our 4 previous Mercedes have been the Luxury model. Also I traded in our 2008 E class. Is there any way to find our what the dealer sold that car for? I still have the vin #. Thanks
  • Also, TGhe tires can not be rotated on the sports model. My 2008 at 42,500 miles when I traded it in with the ORIGINAL tires. Has anyone had any experience with the tires are can not be rotated?
  • C class Sport is the same way. The rear-tires are wider than the front tires. You have to replace them in pair and no rotating.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    Some things you should know about the Sport vs. Luxury models:

    * 90% of all production of E350's are "sport" models. My dealer told me the reason is due to the fact that most people prefer the larger wheels/tires, the ground effects, the front grill, and the preferred handling of the sport due to stiffer shocks and springs, and the wider stance (improved cornering) Of course, the "ride" is much stiffer, and older drivers find that uncomfortable. I always get my E350's with the sport package.

    *when it comes to resale, the sport model gets a better resale value since most E's are built that way. In fact, my dealer told me that Luxury models tend to bring less money on trade than the sport models.

    *the LED daytime running lights are standard on the sport, not so on the Luxury. Although, you should know that the 2012's will have the LED's both models. The difference in 2012's is that the LED's will be a straight array as opposed to the "hockey-puck" arracy currently offerred on the 2011's.

    *the interior of the sport is a bit different than the interior of the luxury. Instead of multi-toned interiors, the sport has a monotone interior. Also, instrument cluster is different.

    I hope I"ve helped.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • ghstudioghstudio Posts: 931
    edited September 2011
    Of course the BlueTec has 17" wheels whether it's a sport or a luxury. I personally object to "older riders find the ride of the sports is uncomfortable"...that's stereotyping and untrue...if I didn't need a larger car, I'd be driving a porsche cayman S and it's likely you would see me as "older". Resale on the Luxury and Sport are essentially the same....in fact few non mercedes dealers even know the difference. Condition is far more important than which trim you have on the car.

    Please explain "also, instrument cluster is different"....I believe all e350's get the same(new) instrument cluster.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    edited September 2011
    FIRST OF ALL, I AM A RETIRED SCHOOL PRINCIPAL/AUTO DEALERSHIP MANAGER! YOU CAN OBJECT ALL YOU WANT ABOUT "OLDER RIDERS", BUT FROM MY EXPERIENCE WITH ALL KINDS OF DRIVERS, THE OLDER DRIVERS TEND TO OBJECT TO THE SPORT MODEL. THAT IS FROM EXPERIENCE OVER THE YEARS

    SECONDLY, FROM EXPERIENCE, THE SPORT MODEL BRINGS A HIGHER TRADE VALUE THAN THE LUXURY!

    I know what I am talking about. This is a forum that is used to express facts and opinions! I try to help out people whenever I can from my own experiences and I have owned over 20 Mercedes Benz vehicles in the past 20 years.

    From now on, do me a favor - if you want people to respond to your posts, which you asked for, DON'T BADGER THE RESPONDERS!

    I have helped many, many forum participants over the years in selecting the right car for them. Additionally, I am extremely well versed in the E350 model. I buy one every year.

    ENOUGH SAID!

    Older drivers tend to have back aches and pains. The ride on the sport model is extremely stiff. I had the same complaints from people who have purchased an Infiniti "sport" and on long drives, they complain about back pain and stiffness.

    Rather than use the term "older drivers", I willl use the term "matured drivers!" HOW'S THAT!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • actually, you didn't answer the one question I did ask.....what's the difference in the 2012 e350 instrument cluster on the sport vs the luxury?

    BTW: Older or mature is equally bad.....why not just say that some folks (of all ages) prefer the softer ride of the luxury. My wife has always hated a stiff ride in any car...nothing at all to do with age.

    And no need to yell with caps......you expressed your opinion, I expressed mine. That's what the internet is all about.
  • Hi Friends,
    Is it okay to assume that the dealer will agree to sell a E350 P1/P2 Package- sports sedan, blue tec for 45500 in Southern California- OC.
    Any one got a similar deal or better?
    Thank you.
    Rocco88
  • Considering that's a $58k car, if you have a dealer who will sell you the car for $45500, I would jump on it instantly .... and I would lease it for 24 months, because your monthly cost would be about $200 per month using multiple security deposits.
  • de0riginalde0riginal Posts: 6
    edited September 2011
    I was wondering if you guys can give me some help. I got a internet quote from a dealer for a 2011 e350 with the following options

    -premium 1
    -4matic
    -rear deck spoiler
    -split folding rear seats

    MSRP $57,515
    quote $49,865

    is this a good deal? This is without any incentives or USAA, and do you guys think its possible to make an offer and get it around $46k considering 2012 models are out now. I have not gone to the dealer yet and will soon make a trip there. Just wanted to be well prepared and save the most possible. I am also wondering if anyone got a 2012 model, how much are you paying? Thanks for any help!
  • Thank you ghstudio for your feedback.
    sticker $55,755 on P1 package with 18inch wheels.
    some folks have paid 44, 500 for same at Laguna Nigel in OC.
    You think I can bargain for another 1000. How much does a tint cost.
    and service A cost? any ideas.
    I read your post regarding security deposits. You are brilliant!
    I am planning to buy all cash deal.
    any thoughts!!
    Rocco88
  • This is good deal. Who should I talk with there in Laguna Niguel MB.
    I would like a similar deal.
    Rocco88
  • See some of the deal posted by msg #740 in southern california.
    You may be able to get the deal for $45,500 BECAUSE OF THE 4 MATIC
    without 4 matic you might be able to get the deal reduced to $44,500
    Check out House of Imports in So Cal- you can take the quote to your dealer and he might be able to match it.
  • hannabhannab Posts: 21
    edited September 2011
    My '09 BMW 535 wagon lease is about to end, and as a replacement, I have found a number of '11 E350 wagons on area dealer web sites. I plan to purchase rather than lease.

    I am a USAA member, and the only other incentives I see on the Edmunds site are "loyalty" - would anyone know if there are currently any others i.e. conquest or manufacturer to dealer?

    Thanks
  • de0riginalde0riginal Posts: 6
    edited September 2011
    I am from Mass. Any luck?
  • So you are getting a deal :E350 Sports sedan, 2011
    -premium 1
    -4matic
    -rear deck spoiler
    -split folding rear seats

    MSRP $57,515
    quote $49,865
    Who is the dealer?
    You can go to 46,000 or 46,500 for the 4 Matic.
    I think if you push them a little more you can get this deal.
    Also, it may be possible that because of the 4 matic the dealer may come down to 48,000.
    Then you can give your final number and come half way. 47,000
    Let us know if you get the deal, this will help other buyers looking for 4 matic.
    Non 4 matic cars have been sold for $44,500. SO you have a chance.
    good luck!
  • deoriginal
    Did you get your E 350 deal?
    I met a guy at starbucks who paid about $44750 for a 2011 E350 sports sedan at House of imports dealer in So cal. He got the P1 package, 18 in premium wheels, they threw a tint and first service free to fill out a survey.
    The car has a rear seats are foldable. Black on Black ash trim. They tried to sell him the maintainence, he rejected. and paid all cash!

    This fellow's brother got a same car sports 350 P1, in Orange County with panoramic sun roof for $45,500

    This guy mentioned to me the 2012 E class cars are supposed to be more cheaper. You can get the same deal with 2012 cars.. Nov-Dec is good time to buy.
    Does anyone in the forum have similar experience?
  • Typically the dealers are comfortable to go upto 15% of MSRP. The art is to go beyond 15% and get a 18-20% discount of MSRP.
    a $56,567 ~ can be closed at $44,500 to $45,500
    Assuming a Sports sedan, P1, 18 inch wheels.

    It seems from reading some post.. the 2012 sedan is getting cheaper and better.
    Those who have bought their cars recently, can you post your experience. Pl mention the dealer.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    The 2012 E350 is almost $1000 more than the 2011, car for car (same equipment, etc.). My new car is at the port awaiting delivery to my dealer right now. It's a 2012 E350 in silver with P2, tire and wheel package (AMG), rear spoiler, leather, heated/venitlated seats, multicontour dirviers seat with massage, and MSRP's for $62325.00. My 2011 with the same equipment MSRP'd at $61235.00.

    So, as you can see, they sure aren't getting less expensive, but on the contrary, they are getting more expensive.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • Sorry all, I recently found out that I am expecting a child so I did not take a trip to the dealer. As for the car search.....what will be a good family car? Currently looking into a MDX or a RX350. And again, I want to thank everyone for the valuable information I got from all of you!!
  • sp11sp11 Posts: 6
    I am also thinking of getting a 2012 E class 350 sedan only because it has better engines and fuel efficiency. I plan on configuring it similar to yours with P2 but without the other packages. You quote MSRP. But what did you get on the actual price vs MSRP ?

    Thanks.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    I won't know until the car is delievered to the dealership. It is still at the port. I also don't know if there will be any incentives from Mercedes Benz Credit. Also, I don't know what the USAA discount will be. If the USAA discount is applicable, which should be about 2000.00, it would be invoice less 2000. But that is only for USAA.

    I will let you know when I actually get the car and will tell you exactily what I paid for it.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • bevbranbevbran Posts: 40
    Can someone please explain the mechanics of the USAA incentive program? My dealer is guessing $2k for the 2012s. Abacomike mentions his will be invoice minus $2k but I suspect he's a more frequent purchaser than most, so maybe getting a sweetheart deal? Correct me if I've misunderstood, please.
    And...when the dealer honors the incentive, is USAA kicking back part of the money to them? I'd like to understand the mechanics of the program better. What about stacking incentives---would they stack USAA plus MBfinancial incentive (if they offer on the 2012s)? And, how about the MBCA $1000 certificate at deal's end? Thanks for everyone's insight.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    First of all, you need to be a member of USAA. To become a member, your first need to qualify. To qualify, either you or an immediate family member must be currently in the armed forces or retired from the armed forces. The individual who is the veteran or currently in the armed forces must apply for membership to USAA. Once he/she or you become a member, they require some purchase (like insurance on your car, or in my father's case, he took out a small policy on a ring (cost us $25.00 a year). You or the member will receive a membership card with ID number, etc.

    To find out more particulars, contact USAA.com and they will explain everything.

    Next, we went online (after we registered and I registered under my father's membersip as a so) and built the car we wanted. The incentive was $2000 "under dealer invoice". Usually all incentives are invoice less the incentive. We are expecting the 2012 sedan to be $2000 under dealer invoice + about $500 or so, which it currently is for the E350 coupe.

    The dealership will go online for you using your ID number and passwords and codes and will print out a coupon for the incentive.

    I hope this explains things a little better. Remember, if you do not qualify for USAA membership, then you cannot get the incentive.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • bevbranbevbran Posts: 40
    That's VERY helpful. Thank you. Years ago my husband's (vet) stepdad got him a USAA membership, and associated credit card. I wonder if this is enough to qualify us for the incentive. He still has, and uses the USAA credit account. We'll do our homework on this. $2000 UNDER invoice is a great deal. What's your thought on how this works---does USAA kick back money to the dealer to make up the incentive amount? And...if you don't mind me asking another question--what response might one expect from trying to use an MBCA $1000 incentive on top of it?

    I have an '09 coming off lease (Sport) in a few months and want to go back to the luxury sedan. Had a luxury '07 which we took European delivery on (very fun), and miss the burl wood and quieter interior. Wish I still had that one. :-) So, I'll be ordering a '12 shortly. Thanks again for your kind help.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    No problem! I believe so long as you have an active membership, it should be OK. Just give them a call. YOu can find their number on their website.

    It is my understanding that Mercedes Benz provides the incentive for vets and their families. USAA, I believe, does not contribute to this very much. Most on back of Mercedes Benz.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • bevbranbevbran Posts: 40
    Very encouraging! To the best of your knowledge, have these USAA incentives been available when ordering and not just limited to in stock purchases?
    Abacomike, sure appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience. So helpful.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,498
    It is my understanding that these incentives are offered year round. This past summer, they were offering $4000 below invoice incentives on remaining 2011's. If you are going to order one, you would have to check when your car gets in.

    I ordered one, and it is at the port right now. My dealer told me they are scheduled for release on October 11th, however most dealers are beginning to get them into their inventories. Personally, I would take what they have on hand or incoming from Germany unless you are in the same position as I am (car ordered 8 weeks ago and in transit to the dealership). I am sure they have something incoming identical to what you want or very, very close to it.

    Good luck.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

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