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



  • camicamicamicami Posts: 10
    I just LEASED a 2006 ML 350. I don't know if I got a good deal, so if anyone can reply, I'd appreciate it. I do love the car and it drives fine, I didn't sense the weird transmission jerk or whatever.

    The MSRP was 49,835 with premium package, sunroof, heated seats, DVD navigation, power tailgate. I got it down to 45,577, which they told me was already 1,500 below invoice price. With the fees and all, it came out to a total of 46,717. This is a 39 month lease at $628.87 a month, tax included. I kept telling them I wanted below invoice, not at invoice, or over invoice, so hopefully that's what I got.

    The initial payment with all fees, etc. and first months lease was $5,300. I thought that was a lot to get the SUV out the door and it didn't seem to reflect the discount they gave me. We started at $5,300 out the door in the beginning of the deal and at the end of the day with their discounts, it was still the same.

    Someone please respond and tell me if this is an ok deal. I always buy my car, this is the first time that I've leased. thanks.
  • camicamicamicami Posts: 10
    I forgot to add above:
    res factor = 61%
    money rate = 0.00365
  • cglnatcglnat Posts: 6
    I am seeing quotes 0.5 - 2.0k under invoice in the LA area on MLs
  • newmownernewmowner Posts: 86
    jerky transmissions is an issue with many of the 2006 MLs. i would be careful until they totally work this out.
  • jsb3jsb3 Posts: 4
    I am considering buying a 2006 ML350 or 500. Does anyone have any recent experience with a purchase or know what to look for? From a couple earlier comments, is it realistic to look for 2k below invoice on these? Also am I going to get a better deal on a 350 over a 500 due to supply? Any help is much appreciated!!
  • I just bought a 2006 ML350 for $38,000 out the door (including tax etc.) I did get the very basic model (no heated seats, no sunroof, brushed metal trim not wood) but I didn’t want those features so that worked great for me. It still has more features than any other comparable car (power everything, great CD/stereo) I did pay (in addition) 4000 to extend the full coverage warrantee to 7 yrs 100,000 miles (its usually $5000) and 500 to have free dent removal. I got 4.9 % financing for 66 months and only put 3000 down.

    I got the bait & switch on the car at Mercedes SF and the higher price in Belmont. Almost didn’t buy a car at all after that. Mercedes WC had given me a price when I originally asked, then had to deal with the others because I called around to shop prices, they were going to transfer the car in from the Belmont store at that price, after Belmont thought I would buy it from them they refused to trade it to WC. I refused to pay even 5 cents more somewhere else. I called WC, explained the issue and they made it right within 10 min. Great job w/ customer service - Thank you Mercedes Walnut Creek

    It hasn’t arrived yet (had to ship it from so cal) They did not charge for shipping and gave me a brand new C230 to drive until it gets here. Provided it’s like the similar car I drove but didn’t buy at the other dealer ($3000 more - same car) I will be happy.

    Love that the seats fold flat, and that the seat bottoms remove for even more storage room in back. I looked at highlander, forerunner and jeep, nothing could even compare, and not that much less price wise.

    BTW I fell in love w/ the C230, hate to have to return it.
  • johnceejohncee Posts: 2
    I am currently negotiating a lease on an 07 ML350 with P02, metallic paint, and heated seats. MSRP is 51,xxx. Negotiated price is 49,xxx (1K over invoice).

    39 mo lease
    residual is 59% (+2% for 12K/year)
    Money Factor is .00388 (according to dealer, this is the buy rate from MBF)

    Just thought that some of you may find this info useful.

    Oh, and MB is currently offering $3000 cash back on their 06 ML's so you can get one waaaaaay under invoice. But only thing is that if you're leasing, you'll only get 48% residual but a .0024 money factor.
  • I’m currently in the market for a 06 ML 350. Buying not leasing. I know that these should be at closeout pricing right now. Does anyone have specifics of which location to check out – I do not mind whatever part of the country it’s in. Tired of personnel who still expect me to endure the back-and-forth haggling. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
  • Just a got a 2006 ML350 with Premium Pks, Heated Seats, Sirius, Entertainment, Sunroof Pkg and Metallic stickered for 51315.00 for 45,200. Best part of the deal they gave me $17500.00 for a scuffed up 2003 A4 V6 Quattro with Pleather, Bose, Auto and Suuroof 35K Miles.

    Driving Impression is very positive, so smooth on the highway 50-90 MPH. I do notice the quirks on transmision in the 10-0 MPH range but I just must be overly sensitive based on the internet reports. The comfort level and look of the truck totally outweigh that. I had a slight thunk in the Audi as well at 20-30 but it never affected the overall impression.

    The seats are so comfortable, huge cargo space, three in the backseat is good thre adults.

    It is the best looking SUV on the road for 2006 and 2007, BMW/Acura is dated.

    Good Luck!
  • Test drove RR Sport HSE, BMW X5, and ML 500 over the weekend and have to say I preferred the ML 500 in nearly every category over the other two. The ride, responsiveness, interior, etc. were all superior in the ML. Any thoughts on dealers in the greater Philadelphia area to deal with? Also, thoughts on prices with the premium II package?
  • When I got my 07 ML350, we got $1800 under MSRP without much haggling. I think you can get $2200 off MSRP if you want to spend more time haggling.
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    Just ordered a new 2007 ML320 CDI from Mercedes-Benz of South Atlanta because of their excellent treatment of me in my buying quest. I was given respect and treated as if I were a valued customer and important to them and their business. In addition to the excellent treatment, I think I was given a very fair price.

    They are the farthest away (40 miles) from my home and business, as opposed to the one located in Gwinnett County just 2 miles away from where I live and work. It was the way I was treated by both of these dealers which caused me to buy from MB of South Atlanta.

    Excellent customer service and a good price combined to earn my business with them. Good folks!

    I have had an MB in my driveway or garage continuosly since 1972. Now I'm gonna have two. :)
  • Help !! Just bought a used 2003 ML 350 on Monday. Had to order the owners manual, and haven't received it yet. Can anyone tell me how to turn on the interior lights ? They won't come on when I push on them. They showed me at the dealership, but in the past couple of days I've been fooling around with the knobs and such, and somehow managed to do something where they won't come on. Any help ? Thanks.
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    Picked up the ML320 CDI from Mercedes-Benz of South Atlanta one week earlier than had been anticipated.

    All was in order; and the paperwork and delivery went through exactly as promised with no surprises.

    These are good folks who don't play the silly games that far too many dealerships try to play. Highly recommended over the other three dealers in the Atlanta area.

    (PS - Their parts and accessory prices are right in line, too; which is more than I can say for the one closest to me in the NE Atlanta suburbs.) :)
  • Are you willing to say what you paid...
    I was talking to a dealer in Iowa the other day and they were willing to take 2-3% off MSRP on the 2007 ML320CDI. They said they only they had about 6% margin to work with i.e. dealers cost to MSRP.
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    Driveout was about 4.5% below MSRP. That included everything but tax, tag & title.
  • Just bought a new 2006 ML350 (250 miles) for (invoice - $3000). No haggling, stress or anything ... easily the best car purchase experience I've ever had :)

    Hoping to hear if it's a good price, as I was wondering if I could have gotten this at any time of year (i.e., usual sales pitch about end of year, we want to make a sale, etc)
  • ez2doez2do Posts: 9
    I am also looking to buy a 2003 ML350. So far the mileage ranges from 35-45k and priced around $25k for their certified vehicles.

    How much did you pay for yours or if anyone knows of a good price in the NJ area ?

  • I paid several thousand under INVOICE for a ML500 in December. Your dealer was not being honest with you. What aprt of the country are you in?

  • kris17kris17 Posts: 18
    Dear Moleary ...I am just about to hit the local dealers in the Va. DC area and I'm interested in am ML500, but I've always been under the impression that because they don't sell so many ML500, the deals posible are'nt as great as for the ML350. Could you please talk a little more about the specifics on your ML500 deal that you paid thousands less than invoice?
  • Hi, Sorry I'm just getting back. Was out of town. I paid $28,000.00 for my 2003 ML350 Inspiration model. It has 26,450 miles on it. I LOVE THIS CAR !
  • ez2doez2do Posts: 9
    Were you able to negotiate on the price or was the dealer firm ? What features does the Inspiration model have ?
    The 2003 ML350 that I am looking comes with M1 package, Bose, 6 CD changer, front heated seats and rear DVD. I am totally oblivious to the pricing so I apologize for being ignorant to readers. The original mfg warranty will expire on Apr07 so I will have to purchase an extended 1-2 yrs warranty between $1.8k to $2.5k additional.

    Thanks in advance for the info.
  • Best price found in Boston area:
    2007 ML350
    Premium 2 pkg
    Heated seats
    6 Disc Changer
    Capri Blue (Metallic)

    Price: $47,000
    Out the door: $49,631 (MA tax of 5% plus some fees)
  • lok888lok888 BostonPosts: 1,788
    hswartz1 - Do you mind tell me where did you get your ML? Dealership name is just fine. My family member is interested in ML350. Also, I am surprised that there is no 6 disc in-dash CD changer.
  • Inskip Mercedes in RI was where the quoted offer came from.

    The CD changer is in the glovebox on these models, not the dash. The glove box is rather easy to reach - it is better than the old trunk version they were putting into their vehicles. Plus, the changer plays mp3 cds while the in dash does not.
  • I am also looking to buy a 2003 ML320.I live in the Boston area. So far the mileage is 65k and priced around $15k from a private party.the car is silver color and black interior. it has all the options except navigation system.All the car services were done through the MB dealer in westwood MA.It had one owner so far.The exterior is in excellent shape. It only needs new tires.
    Can anybody tell if I am getting a good deal at around $15K or not .?
    thank you
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    Get a readout of the service history on the truck. The dealer can do this for you.
  • mkbdmkbd Posts: 8
    I was just offered the following deal and I would like to know anyone's thoughts:

    ML 350 w/premium I and 6cd changer MSRP $46,695
    License, "rental surcharge??", tire & battery fees $266
    Bank charge $1,095
    Dealer fee $599
    Cap reduction (after asking for quot w.$0 down) $986
    Upfront taxes $192
    Disposition fee $595
    39 months
    12k miles/yr ($0.25/mi over)
    $566/mo + tax
    Also offered first $5000 & fist 1000 miles over "wear & tear" policy for $675
    Thoughts anyone??
  • mschafermschafer Posts: 317
    You'll probably stand a better chance of a good answer in the M-Class Lease Questions Forum.
  • cneffcneff Posts: 65
    I've been using Morristown MB for years, they have leased to me 3 and serviced 4 MBs to date and I am very satisfied.

    Service has been very good which is what really counts when having one of these cars. To get an MB loaner (C-class and sometimes the C350) you need to make an appt and get there early in the morning otherwise it is a Camry which is not bad as they are usually brand new. Just happy to have a loaner.

    You really need an appt for service but I've shown up a couple times with some glitches and they've done whatever they could to assist..right on the spot..usually those fixes happened in less then 30 mins and I'm off.

    I find Morristown fair and honest, both sales and service, and they are courteous to my Wife. I am still interested in MB because of the good service there.

    I tried Audi once and that was/is the last time...felt like I was the enemy and that was at multiple dealers - all Northern NJ.

    Good luck
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