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

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  • I believe that Mercedes requires you to have the recommended STAR service on their schedule, so a la carte would not include all of the inspections and I guess they could say you didn't service the car properly (I just started my first Mercedes lease and this is what I was told). Mercedes offers prepaid maintenance for those things that are required....and as I've learned here, it can be residualized, so you effectively pay only the difference between what it cost you..and the residual value. For my e350 BlueTec, I would have paid only .23 of the mercedes cost. If you are leasing, it is probably the best deal in town. If you don't take it, you pay the full cost of the maintenance (and each dealer charges different hourly rates so it varies.

    (I am having discussion, so far friendly, with my dealer because they did not offer me the mercedes maintenance when I leased the car)

    Previously, I had three leased Infiniti M's and never had a "preconfigured" service done on any of them. I changed the oil and filters at the dealer. I never had a problem returning any car at the end of the lease. As of early August, my Infiniti dealer did not charge for loaners....it's probably a dealer decision. (I returned my M37 early on a 39 month lease (hated it) and leased an e350 BlueTec for 24 months at the end of August). BTW, I am paying less per month on the Mercedes due to the extremely high residual on the BlueTec e.
  • reh4reh4 Posts: 3
    My husband is the one who laughed at me!!! The dealer didn't, they were actually quite nice (and I was too). Guess it's a good thing you weren't my dealer!!!! It certainly worked out well on my end - one of the easiest car buying experiences I've had.

    I hope you enjoy your car, i'm happy with mine so far.
  • storm10storm10 Posts: 175
    The reason to go 33 months is residual value does not change from 30 months, so you are effectively getting 3 mo almost for free. So if you spread the total of 30 months over the 33 months - you will end up with the lowest monthly payment, which is your goal.
  • Interesting... I more of a performance enthusiast so I've never given the diesel a second thought. What's the difference on the residual for the diesel vs. gas?
  • ghstudioghstudio Posts: 931
    edited September 2011
    The diesel residual on a 12K lease in September is 76% on a two year lease. The gas cars are in the high 60's. For every 1% on a $60,000 car, you will pay a bit more than $25/mo on a 24 mo lease.....so for a comparably priced gas car, figure that it will cost you at least $160 more per month on a 24 month lease.

    It's an incredible bargain...and by the way, it drives wonderfully and it isn't slow by any means.
  • Have never posted before. Bought a new 2011 E class this week. MSRP $55,775.00.The dealer had to locate it from another dealer ( an additional$595.00 delivery fee). I traded in a 2008 E class (42,200 miles). The final price was $22715.00 (inc taxes and title). This is the fifth (5th) E class that I have bought from the same dealership.
  • It's hard to tell without knowing the selling price of the 2011 E class you purchased, and the price the dealership agreed to paying you for your trade-in. A $55k 2011 E-class have been bought for as low ~$45-46k according to some reports here.
  • I see numerous messages where buyers were able to negotiate up to 18% off window price for 2011 E350. The maximum I was able to get is 10% in North Jersey. This included discounts and rebates. Any help?
  • I have dealer who is offering E350 w/ P1 (MSRP: $54,000) for invoice - $1,500 (invoice: $50,000). But he said I can't add both $1,500 incentive and $4,000 conquest to get the car for $43,000. Is this true?
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    YES, HE IS CORRECT. You can't add two incentives together, unless it is a Mercedes Benz Financial incentive, if available.

    One or the other, not both.

    Good luck.

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    Currently, if you drive a luxury vehicle, but not a Mercedes, you can get $4000 off sticker. There is also a USAA membership incentive which gives you "invoice" less $4000 off. You cannot combine any other incentives with either of these UNLESS Mercedes Benz Financial is offering a $1500 incentive to those who currently have a lease or loan with them.

    I am not aware of any other discounts or incentives available at this time.

    Thus, if you cannot qualify for a USAA discount or a conquest discount, then the 10% under sticker is not a bad deal. That would be below invoice for the vehicle and, in addition, they are probably giving you additional discounts using their hold back.

    Without any other information from you, I cannot tell if you are getting the best deal or not.

    Do you qualify for the conquest discount?
    Do you qualify for the USAA discount?

    If not to either of the above, then 10% is not a bad deal.

    Good LUck.

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

  • Thanks for quick response.
    The 10% does include conquest discount.
    I do not have USAA discount.

    Would you say the 18% includes both discounts?

    Any recomendations on dealers in North Jersey? Prestige only offers 10% (including Conquest).

    Perhaps it is wise to wait for 2012s (in my case).

    Thanks
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    No, I believe you have a good deal considering you can only qualify for the $4000 conquest discount. Let's assume your new car lists for $56000. Take $4000 off that, and that gets you to $52000, or right about where invoice is. If he is giving you an additional discount to get you to $50,000, then that is a pretty good deal. I don't know of any other dealers in your area since I am in south florida.

    However, no matter where you are, the deal is still a good one. Remember, there are not alot of E350's around. My dealer has only 4 left, and the dealers in my area (all owned by the same corporate giant), have less than 14 combined E350 sedans.

    The 2012's are expected in by October 1st. so they are not that motivated to sell their remaining E350's at deep discounts. I am sure most dealers are jsut about out of E350 sedans.

    I ordered a new 2012 for myself, and it should be at the dealership in about 2 or 3 weeks. I was just up to the dealership, and his inventory of 2011's is very, very low. Even the 5 other Mercedes dealerships within 30 miles of mine (remember, all owned by the same company), have next to nothing left.

    Good luck.

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

  • I think you can do better than $5500 off... have you spoken to anyone in the neighboring states to NYC?

    I was able to get 9k off MSRP on a E550 (even harder to find). I ended up at 54k for E550 P1, Leather, Parktronic, Sport, so I am not sure you want to pay 50k for an E350... maybe see if they have any 550's left and get a better engine etc.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    First of all, the 550 IS NOT A BETTER ENGINE! It burns more gas, and why would someone want more than 268 horsepower on today's roads?

    Remember, he does not qualify for the conquest discount nor does he qualify for the USAA discount. Thus, the dealer is selling him the car for almost $2000 under invoice for the vehicle. He is probably giving him the $1500 incentive available.

    What makes you think the E550 has a better engine? Because it has more horsepower and burns more fuel?

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,921
    " Because it has more horsepower "

    I think it's that part... ;)

    While noting your observations on fuel economy, the vast majority of people would agree...

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  • Fellows,

    You both have valid points.

    I do qualify for Conquest Rebate. The 10% discount offered by Prestige included this rebate.
    As for V-8 vs. V-6, it is a personal preference. In the past and presently I had/have both and both have possitive and negative qualities.
    This one will be ashort distance commuter in conjested North Jersey.

    MSRP $60,306
    Sale Price after Conquest $54,533 for 2011 E350

    I do not think I will pay much more for 2012 E350 and get to choose colors/options I would like to have. Now I need to find a willing MB Dealler.

    Thanks fellows
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    Without any doubt! The cost of an E550 is many, many thousands of dollars more than an E350 with the same identical equipment and/or options. Remember, except for the engine and the leather interior, the vehicles are IDENTICAL!

    If I was in the market for an 8 cylinder vehicle with 385 horsepower, give or take a few horsepower, I certainly would not buy an E550. I would opt for the CLS 550. Why drive a $65000 to $70,000 E350 with an 8 cylinder engine when you can get one with a 6 cylinder engine for $15000 or so less. It's beyond me, to tell you the truth.

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    edited February 2003
    If that is the case, then you can do better! Offer him $48K. If he won't take that, go to another dealer while there are still a few left out there.

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

  • storm10storm10 Posts: 175
    "Remember, except for the engine and the leather interior, the vehicles are IDENTICAL!"

    Not exactly! Besides the much more superior engine, E550 has different suspension: AIRMATIC. Better wheels and more standard equipment and if you load E350 - you'll be very close to the E550 price. E550 ride is exhilarating and effortless. Performance- wise is day and night. You can see the clear difference when you drive both, especially uphill, downhill and canyons. There is no comparison: E550 is way more superior vehicle. There is no big difference in fuel economy either.

    The only reason I got E350 is because the leasing program for E550 is terrible. Huge difference comparing to E350.

    "I certainly would not buy an E550. I would opt for the CLS 550. Why drive a $65000 to $70,000 E350 with an 8 cylinder engine when you can get one with a 6 cylinder engine for $15000 or so less. It's beyond me, to tell you the truth."

    That's another statement I disagree. CLS550 is a 4-door coupe and it has no space in the rear seat. You can put 2 kids at best. E550 is a Sedan, where you can fit 3 adults in the rear seat plus decent size trunk. As far as performance, read this article: E550 vs. CLS550, E550 wins in almost every category. It actually compared the previous generation CLS before it was redesigned in 2012, but majority of it remains true...
  • Storm basically laid it out for me on this one....

    I was comparing the E550 v E350 for a few thousand different, which was the example I posted. I was able to get the 550 with leather, parktronic, comfort seats with massage, sports, AMG wheels, P1 for 54k, which was a similar price to the OP's for a 350.

    Also the I test drove both, and for me the 350 did not have enough power off the line, up hills, on ramps, I like the extra power (coming from an XF supercharged). Also I was not going to spend 45-50k and get MB Tex seats, that seemed a bit ridiculous. The airmatic suspension is also great and as Storm said the vehicle sits 4 comfortably.

    Finally if I was going to get a CLS550 (which is a sweet ride) it would have to be the 2012 which has no incentives and would cost 20-25k more than I paid for the e550.

    When the new e350 comes out, I would have a harder time justifying the 550 due to the new 300+ HP engine, but the current 350 did not compare to the 550 for only a few k more. Again if you can get a 350 for 45-46k then it is a 10k decision and it would be a lot more difficult.
  • Is ther any way to find our how much the dealer sold my 2008 E 350 for< I have the vin number. Just traded last wednesday and do not know if the vehicle has been sold for not, Thanks for any info
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Ask your sales guy. If it stayed on the lot he may know. If it went to auction...???
  • Hey, folks, I just got the VIN from the dealer; car is supposed to be in Toronto (my home) October 27. Bought a Cavanasite Blue (really dark blue) with Alpaca leather interior, advanced driving package, premium, etc. Here's my question. When the business manager tries to sell me leather rip protection, ding and dent protection, tinting, etc., what is worthwhile and what is a reasonable offer that I should make? Many thanks, BL
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Congratulations on yor new E. What color is the leather? I've never seen an Alpaca. Is it real Alpaca leather, or Alpaca colored cow leather? Thanks.
  • In my opinion, none of those last minute extras are worth the cost....other than buying the mercedes maintenance option if you are leasing. The worst of the lot is the protection package...I would pay them not to put it on.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    Congratulations! Mine is currently on the ocean and is expected at the port of Jacksonville on the 30th of this month and expected at the dealership on or about the 15th of October. It's silver/black with leather, Premium 2, ventilated seats, multi-contoured driver's seat, rear spoiler, tire and wheel package, etc. MSRP is about $61600.00.

    As for your question about leather rip protection and ding/dent protection (and probably tire and wheel protection), here are my thoughts based upon my experiences as a Sales Manager at a new car dealership for luxury high end vehicles (I'm retired now):

    Firstly, the leather rip protection is not worth the cost. If you should rip a section of leather, a leather pro can fix it for a few dollars using resins, etc.

    Secondly, the ding/dent protection is fairly good (I'm assuming you are leasing this new vehicle, because otherwise, it makes no sense to get it). If the cost is less than $200.00, it is worth it for a leased vehicle.

    Finally, the tire and wheel protection would pay for itself if you should blow out a tire and damange the rim, which would usually happen on a blow out. I believe the cost should be about $495.00 for the term of the lease.

    Remember, these "add-ons" are a means for the finance person to make some extra bucks for him/her self.

    I hope this has been helpful.

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

  • abacomike:
    Can you share with us what your final price was and what part of Country you live?

    I read through your posts and don't see what your final price was.

    Thanks!
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,499
    I won't know the final price until the vehicle is delivered. Usually, Mercedes Benz has special incentives from November through December for the holidays. MB financial also provides an incentive if you currently have a lease or loan with them. I have a loan on my vehicle now, so they usually give a 1500 dollar incentive to refinance with them. Also, last year, they had a $2000 loyalty incentive. That is what I am hoping for. I usually pay my dealer a bit below invoice for my cars (I buy one every year from them, so that is why I get great pricing). Since I already used my USAA incentive for my wife's car, I won't be eligible for another one until January, and I don't want to wait until January as my currently vehilces value will drop too much to make it worth the $2000 or so I get.

    I am hoping to pay about $56,000 for the vehicle, give or take a few hundred, but we will see.

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

  • My current lease with Infiniti doesn't expire until May of next year.
    Do you think the end of year/holiday incentives that MB offers are the best deals they offer all year?
    I'm wondering if I should consider getting out of my lease early to take advantage of the MB offers.
    Thoughts?
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