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2013 and earlier-Mercedes Benz E-Class Prices Paid

harleybobharleybob Posts: 2
edited May 2015 in Mercedes-Benz
I own a new 2001 E320 (it happens to be a wagon) that has had a strange, intermittent noise coming from the front of the car since the day I got it. This noise occurs only during modest acceleration ..... slow acceleration or hard acceleration makes it go away. I would describe it as a high frequency "rattle" that is coming from in front of the driver. It's probably in the dash or the engine compartment. It might be engine knock (I'm using Moil premium fuel), but it doesn't sound like any engine knock I've heard before in other cars. Sometimes it occurs when the engine is cold and sometimes when it's hot. On some days, it doesn't happen at all. The dealer is mystified. Help!!


  • footiefootie Posts: 636
    My sister went to the Mercedes/BMW dealership in Savannah last week. She was told that the 3-Series BMW's had been discontinued and given really terrible lease quotes at 10% plus on a 525i and E320, so it was a poor buying experience. The leases she was quoted featured paying for extra miles that would cost her extra plus they ran the residual down by the same amount, offering her a chance to pay for the miles twice!
    Really odd and hard to understand! Has anyone else run into this? Of course, she went to the Acura dealer and got an equivalent vehicle to the E or 5xx series for about 15 - 20K less under a great lease deal they have on 2002 RL's.
    My experience shopping for an E class 18mos ago in New England was much nicer and I feel more honest.
  • tgotgo Posts: 2
    I just purchased a 1998 E-320 with only !3,000 miles on it. I love it but the wiper after getting wet sounds like it is hitting the car on each side and is quite noisy. The service tech looked at it and said being one blade it is sensitive. He supposedly adjusted it but it still makes noise when wet. Is this normal? It is quiet when I first turn it on and it is only misty outside. Also I have a Bose system with cassette, no CD. Has anyone had any luck with installation of another CD changer in the truck or do I really have to go to the dealer and pay $1000. to have one installed. Thanks.
  • pcasinopcasino Posts: 14
    I too have a 1998 E320. It has 46,000 miles and I never had a problem with my wiper and the dealer always changes the blade per their schedule. If any I think the rain sensor is too sensitive and the wiper runs even with slight rain, but I can live with that. I would just suggest that you should always clean your windshield and wiper blades. One blade is not being too sensitive.

    About your CD player... I have a Bose system and installed the CD player myself. Make sure you get the model number 002 820 5989. The 1998 E class was the last year that did not use the fiber optic wires (fiber optics started with the 1999 models) and the 5989 models are non-fiber optics. After the dealer quoted me $850 for an original MB 6-disc CD player, I bought the same exact and new model from ebay for less than $400 and I plugged it in myself. I used the same brackets behind the bose amplifier. It took me two minutes to look for the wire and two minutes to install it in the bracket. It was only after I used the CD player did I trully appreciate the beauty of the bose system. I can never figure out how the dealers can get away with chargin double for items you can buy in the Internet. Good luck.
  • beepabeepa Posts: 12
    My dealer, Lewbar Imports in West Springfield MA not only charged me $10 + gas, they gave me a Buick Park Ave.!!!! When I dropped off my car and asked for a loaner, the service guy (a real condesending S.O.B.) said that I have to ask when making the appointment. Uh, isn't it HIS job to ask the customer or am I misconstruing the term 'Customer Service'? He said they only had 4 loaners (all Buick's) and they have to be reserved ahead of time.
    While on the subject, I went to the same dealer to purchase those ever popular H6W parking (standing) light bulbs. At first the parts guy hands me a 12 watt amber bulb. When I told him that was the wrong one,it was a 6 volt H6W, he says "We use different part numbers." He then started to look on the computer for the part.............unfortunatley he was looking at the BACK END of the car. After pointing him in the right direction, he says "Well, I have some bad news for you. You have to replace the entire housing." After restraining myself from jumping over the counter, I offered to go out and remove the bulb in question. He then called another person over who, at first, agreed with the first person. Upon seeing the color of my face change from white to red to purple, the second guy say's "Wait a minute", checks the computer and finally produces the correct bulb.
    My problem with this experience is if this had happened to a person who did not know any better, would they have installed a new housing for who know's how much, when all they needed was a $5 bulb?
    I think I just might drive an extra 25 minutes to another dealer in Hartford and hope that this attitude doesn't prevail!
  • benzownerbenzowner Posts: 20
    I have a 1996 C-220 and a 2000 e-430 the C-class wiper has that noise but the E-430 does not i just ignor it.
  • jacarljacarl Posts: 4
    In October of 1994 we (my wife and I) purchased a new E320 from the local Mercedes dealer in Pompano Beach, Florida. We still own the car and have racked up 89,000 miles to date. Mechanically the car is sound and it still runs like new. However, based on our experience with the dealer and MB USA regarding a problem with the cars finish (the clear coat peeling) and separate incidents with the dealership we would never purchase another Mercedes automobile.

    In October of 1999 the car’s clear coat started to bubble and peel. Although the car was no longer under warranty we felt that this was a factory defect. The dealer refused to do anything and we were forced to contact MB USA. The MB USA rep as a show “of good faith” authorized the repair of the peeling areas with a shared cost. The work was performed at the dealer’s body shop. Prior to leaving the car we were given an estimate of our share of cost and we signed the necessary paper work. It took the body shop two weeks to complete the car. On completion, while at the body shop, we discovered that our share of cost had risen by $300 due to “extra work”. We were not informed of this prior to picking up the car and the body shop management refused to release the car until the extra funds were paid. We had the local police department intervene and the car was released after we paid the original share of cost. Right now the entire car’s exterior is peeling, including the areas previously repaired.

    There are other incidents with the dealership but I will not get into it. We plan to park the car, peeling paint and all, in the daytime in the Wal-Mart parking lot next to the dealership with a conspicuous sign.
    We will be purchasing another new vehicle soon and guess what? It will not be another Mercedes.
  • benzownerbenzowner Posts: 20
    That is very unusual about the paint. Do you live where there is a lot snow and they salt the roads? Now our dealer in Athens, GA is awful. So we started to going to RBM of Atlanta and it may be 100 Miles out. But it is Absolutely worth it. They are the nicest people and they treat you with respect.
  • jacarljacarl Posts: 4
    In response to benzowner. We live in South Florida, close to Ft. Lauderdale. No snow or salt used on the roads. We do not live that close to the ocean for the sea spray to be a factor.
  • bigrabbitbigrabbit Posts: 2
    I read in anther website that it's possible to get a new E-class $3000 below invoice in Southern California, is it true?
  • stlnglsstlngls Posts: 1

    Check with Beverly Hills MB or Downtown MB. Work with the internet sales manager. You will find financing in the low 4's and prices $3,000 below invoice. Apparently their allotment of CL and S cars depends on their ability to unload tens to hundreds of C and E cars every month. Other dealers in So Cal will try to match their prices, but why not work with them--they are the lowest I have found in five months of shopping.
  • martye320martye320 Posts: 45
    So after waiting years, I finally have an opportunity to lease one. The one I'm looking at has E2 package and CD Changer. Any tips for a good lease on this? Can I possibly get $3000 off with a lease? or is that only for finance. So far, I've been told that I have to pay 47k for this car in the lease, $1500 drive off, and $650 for 48 months. ONLY 10k miles a year too. Sounds to be kind of a rip off?
  • drew37drew37 Posts: 62
    I'm trying to get a feel for what I can expect to pay for a new E320 relative to invoice or MSRP in the West Palm Beach, Boca Raton area of southern Florida. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Is there any way you can post some pictures of your car? What you're describing is very unusual for any car, much less a Mercedes-Benz. Was your car garaged?

  • coo1coo1 Posts: 5
    What was the best deal anybody got in the DC area on a 2003 E320? Does any dealer sell $3000 below invoice as mentioned in the post about the California dealer?
  • Any advice on European Delivery for an E 320? Is there any real cost saving for ED as the MSRP is the same according to the MBUSA website? I live in Chicago where the local sales tax is 8.5%. When will the 2004 models be available?
  • mb1raymb1ray Posts: 3
    The dealership that I work with in Michigan has
    very aggressive prices on all '03 Mercedes-Benz. I know that some have not budged on '03, now is the time to buy!
  • Am I dreaming? Can anyone advise me on how to negotiate to get a 2003 E500 or E320 at 3k - 5k below invoice? I hear that this is the end of the model year so the dealers are crazy to get rid of the cars but those I talk to are not wanting to come to the price point below the invoice...

    Does anyone really sell below invoice? I have the $$$ and ready to go....
  • Have an opportunity to purchase a Starmark 2000 E320 with 41000 miles, Moon roof, Bose Stereo, and heated seats for 36400. Is this a good price? Trying to get into the luxury market and do not like the new BMW 5 series. Seems high for a 4 year old car with only 1 month left on the original 4/50 warranty. Very clean car, but if purchased what should I expect to go wrong? Scott
  • samvegsamveg Posts: 1
  • buster6buster6 Posts: 132
    I understand the 04's are starting to roll in and was wondering what people have been paying to get one.

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