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

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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    I read with interest your comments about the C and E class vehicles, etc. I also read a response you received from someone claiming it is not worth the extra dollars (Canadian or U.S.) to upgrade to the E class. I disagree!!!!

    I assume you are purchasing this vehicle, from your comments above, and at the end of 3 or 4 years, assuming good condition and acceptable mileage, your C class (percentage-wise of purchase price) will be worth a lot less than the E class. The quality of build of the E class is far superior to the C class. Additionally, in terms of ride and handling as well as trunk space and the like, the E class is also superior.

    When you get Navigation on the C class, it "POPS UP" rather than having a viewing screen available all the time as on the E class.

    Finally, I would do my best to wait for the 2012 E class sedan. It is not a bigger engine! What they did was take the current engine and update it with special dual intakes, etc., and a few other changes which increases the horsepower to 302 from 268 and increase fuel economy an estimated 10 - 15%.

    I have one on order here in Florida and it is due here the first or second week of October.

    Hope this is of some help to you, Doc!!

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

  • wirelesswireless Posts: 47
    How was your pricing and buying experience thus far?
  • fatcat71fatcat71 Posts: 75
    All,
    I'm ready to pull the trigger on the 2011 E350 4Matic sport, Premium 1. Most Ive seen have the rear spoiler and fold down rear seat so... MSRP 58200, Lowest Ive been able to get anyone to committ to is 49995+tax and Tags with USAA discount. Im in CT. What am I missing?? I tell them I see people are getting the same car for 45-47K and they tell me I'm full of it. What gives??
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    I purchase a new Mercedes E350 Sport every year from the same dealer. I am treated like a "king", for obvious reasons, but I received the best pricing on a new Benz from this dealership. Usually, I end up well below invoice due to incentives, etc., and the fact that my dealership is willing to give me a TRIPLE NET DEAL (a deal which includes discounting hold back, etc., a deal which employees receive). I am at the dealership at least once a week for a car wash, which is always complimentary on all his new and used vehicles. It is always a pleasure whenever I am at the dealership, whether it is for service or to purchase my new cars.

    I can also state, from vast experience, that the treatment I have received from other Mercedes Benz Dealerships has been LESS THAN SATISFACTORY in most cases. For some reason, they seem to be condescending and somewhat "stuck up" about their brand. Granted, the brand, in recent years (since 2006) has been almost flawless after divesting Chrysler, and perhaps some dealers and their employees use old-fashioned methods to sell you a car, but my dealer is very laid back in its approach to its customers. I've shopped all the dealers within 50 miles of my residence, and I can tell you that the deals I receive from this dealer are far below other pricing.

    Hope this is helpful to you.

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    The USAA price is invoice less $4000.00. There are some other incentives available to the dealers such as previous Customer Loyalty (currently own a Mercedes Benz) and Mercedes Benz Financial Loyalty (currently have a lease or loan with MBF). MBF loyalty I believe is about $1500, but I am not sure of the other loyalty (about $2000). Whether or not the dealer is willing to provide that or whether you qualify for those additonal incentives is questionable.

    Try another dealership and see if you can get another thousand or two. If not, and you do not qualify for the incentives, then the pricing is fair.

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

  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Which dealer? I'm sure they'd appreciate a plug.
  • wirelesswireless Posts: 47
    One additional incentive I rarely see mentioned is the "fleet" discount. If you work for certain companies a $1000~$1500 discount is available because the company either buys from MB or has some kind of supplier relationship I think. Anyway both my and my wife's employers qualify. MB varies the amount throughout the year. But it disqualifies you from certain other discounts such as the Conquest cash. You have to just pick and choose whichever is best.

    I wonder if I could quietly sign up for, say, for a jewelry policy, as USAA and get the USAA discount. State Farm gives me to good a deal to drop them.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    Actually, I don't think they would appreciate a plug, considering the fact that they do not want to sell new MB's for what I pay for them. But if you live in Florida, tell me and we will find a way to get you a new Benz for what I pay for them. Ok?

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    If you are a veteran, or your father was a veteran, or you have a close relative or son/daughter who is either in the service or is a veteran, you can qualify.

    You have the individual who is in the service or is a veteran, sign up. Then, you qualify.

    Unfortunately, they only allow one per year.

    As for the incentives and discounts you mentioned, you are correct. If you use a USAA incentive, you cannot qualify for the loyalty incentive. However, since I had my loan through Mercedes Benz Financial, I was able to get an addiitonal 1500. But you will not be able to combine USAA with their 2500 loyalty incentive for those who currently own or lease a Benz.

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

  • fatcat71fatcat71 Posts: 75
    After a frenzy of phone calls and counter-offers The best I was able to do was on a 2011 E350 4Matic, Steel Grey/Black MB Tex Premium 1,Rear spoiler and fold down seat is 47,400 plus Tax & tags. Comsidering I get only USAA and no other incentives, it sounds as good as I'm going to get.

    Probably going to drop the hammer on monday, but I really wanted black/black...............
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    IT'S A GREAT DEAL! Excellent negotiating on your part. I knew there was more room there, if the dealer wanted to give up some incentives he was saving for his profit.

    As for Black/Black, I had one last year and was so happy to get rid of it. It shows every water mark (sprinkler sprays), every scratch (no matter how small or insignificant), and in the summers, you could barbeque a steak on the trunk or the hood. Of course, nothing is sharper looking than a black car when it is freshly waxed/washed, etc. But I sure wasn't able to wash/wax the car every day to keep it looking great.

    The Palladium silver (light gray) is a nice color, but steel grey is very distinguished, to say the least.

    You are making the right decision, in my estimation/opinion. Good luck with your new E350.

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

  • Dear Abacomike, Carman, and everyone,
    Long time reader, first time poster. Thanks in advance for all your help.
    Looking at the following car:

    2011 E350 Iridium Silver/Ash MBtex
    E350W $49,400
    775 Iridium Silver $720
    108 Ash MB-Tex
    P01 P01 Premium Package: COMAND System with $4,000
    R08 R08 Wheel Package: 18" AMG Twin 5-Spoke $760
    129 Accessory Styling Package (Rear Deck and $600
    240 LED Daytime Running Lamps
    277 3-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel
    287 Split Folding Rear Seats $440
    321 321 Sport Package: 18" 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels
    413 Power Tilt / Sliding Panorama Sunroof $1,090
    432 Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Driver Seat w $660
    736 Black Ash Wood Trim
    873 Heated Front Seats

    MSRP $58545
    Dealer quoted me 9300 under MSRP including conquest discount, which makes it $49245. He hasn't broken the discounts down for me, but I told him I own a Benz and a BMW (both ten yrs old).
    I don't qualify for USAA. Was hoping to pay closer to 47500.
    Any room to move? If so, how?
    I'm in Southern California.
    Thanks!!!
  • fatcat71fatcat71 Posts: 75
    Looks like a pretty sweet deal to me. Don't know about getting to 47K for that config thought. That car is almost fully loaded for a car with P1, and from the looks of it has more than the car Abacomike bought, and he gets crazy discounts, and he paid just under 47K. USAA and conquest are both 4K and you can't use both at the same time so I bet you might be able to get to 48,999, but if you want to get under 48K I think you are going to have to lose the sunroof. JMVHO.
    Good Luck with the ride. I pick up mine in 14 days 14 hours and 21 minutes, but who'se counting!!
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    I would doubt you can do too much better, however I would offer him $1000.00 less than the current offer, and put your checkbook down on the desk in front of him, with a check almost fully made out to the dealership, with the numbers missing. That usually gets them "drooling" at the mouth. If they say they can't do any better, see if they will throw in 3 years of maintenance. Something usually works.

    But all in all, the car you have described has about $1500 more in options than I had. Good luck

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

  • I am looking to buy a 2011 Mercedes E350 with P1 package. I am not a USAA member and do not currently own a Mercedes or a competitor's car.

    I am looking to pay 45K+tax+license.
    Can anyone help me with what kind of discounts I can get?

    I would really appreciate the help.

    Thanks.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    I doubt very much you will be able to get one for that price without qualifying for a USAA discount or a conquest discount. The car you are interested in will MSRP for around $56,000. If you take the car to invoice and then subtract 2000, you will still be far above the 45K you are looking for.

    I would shop around and find out what the best deal would be. I am guessing that you can get one with an MSRP of $56,000 for around$49,000.00

    Good luck.

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

  • Thanks abacomike!
    I did talk to a couple of dealers and for a configuration with MSRP of 54,995, lowest they could go is $48K. Two dealers offered $46K if I had qualified for conquest deal which unfortunately I don't.

    i m thinking of holding off till labor day in the hope that they may offer a different promotion to offload 2011 inventory at the time.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,125
    So I was right. With a $56K MSRP, you would be right around 49K. One thing you should be aware of is that they are short on inventory in many dealers on 2011's. Additionally, the selection of lower MSRP vehicles will be limited, if they have any at all. Most MSRP's are around $56K with Metallic paint and P1 pkg.

    You might get lucky, but I doubt it. My dealer, who is one of the largest in Florida, has about 15 in stock, which is very low for him.

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

  • First time posting and thank you all for the valuable info.
    Recieved a good deal with comquest rebate and wanted to contribute back to the forum.
    MSRP for around 56K --> purchased price 46K.
    Bought it in California and the dealer experience was amazing. Thanks.
  • jaggjagg Posts: 21
    edited August 2011
    Abacomike, which dealership in FL? (if you don't mind, they sound wonderful) I'm in Broward. I'm looking for a lease on a E350 coming from a BMW.

    I'm also not sure if I should try and wait for 2012. My current lease is up in Oct.
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