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



  • kl07rphkl07rph Posts: 22
    edited February 2010
    Hello everyone,

    An ML350 W4 w/ heated seats has a sticker for 49,815; edmunds TMV for my area (Chicago) is 48,193. With an invoice of 46,389, anyone think the the TMV price can be further discounted? I apologize in advance; currently cross-shopping for an ML, RX, or GLK (I know, different category in size) for my wife and figured if the ML is ~8% more than a well equipped GLK or RX350, might as well go for the larger model.
  • happychubbyhappychubby Posts: 4
    edited March 2010
    I am from San Francisco and negotiated a 2010 ML350 deal yesterday. Is there more room on the pricing?

    2010 ML 350 RWD
    Metallic Black
    Package 1
    heated front seat
    pre-wire for backseats
    running board

    The price I got was $47,000, what do you guys think?

    Also, how much is the registration fee, etc? is it correct to budget about another 12% (b/c of the rediculously high tax here) after the final price?

    Thanks in advance!
  • jwilliams2jwilliams2 Posts: 910
    edited March 2010
    It would be helpful if you gave the actual MSRP when asking about a deal. No one here should have to take the time to figure it out based on your list of equipment.

    Check with your DMV to find out the sales tax rate, license and registration amounts.
  • You are right, jwilliams2.
    The MSRP for the package I was offered is $55,982. So it's like $8K off.
    Any thoughs?
  • jwilliams2jwilliams2 Posts: 910
    Is that the actual MSRP on the Monroney sticker? Seems about 3 grand high, if it is in fact a RWD. Perhaps it's a 4-matic?
  • I did the calcucation off Yahoo's auto. I don't remember what's on the car sticker. and it is a ML 350, not a 4-matic. So what do you think about the $47K the sales offered me? is that reasonable?
    Thanks again!
  • jwilliams2jwilliams2 Posts: 910
    Well, it's $2000 under invoice, and $3000 below Edmunds TMV, so I would think it's a good price.
  • thanks a lot for your input!
    have a good weekend,
  • capsleocapsleo Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    Could you share your dealer's contact information to me? Many thanks.

    My email address is
  • mlnewbiemlnewbie Posts: 1
    I would a like anyone's opinion on whether or not this is a decent price for a 2010 ML350W2 in SoCal

    Palladium Silver
    Ash interior
    Running boards
    Pre wired entertainment
    P1 package
    MSRP $52,065
    Negotiated price $47,000

    Thanks for any input.
  • natasha69natasha69 Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    I asked the dealer for the sticker details. I got those and ran the numbers against edmunds. Looking at some of the deals some people got here, I'm wondering if the invoice # looks a little high. Any chance I can get this particular car for under 50k?

    SUMMARY.................................................................MSRP / INVOICE
         ML350W4      BLACK.............................................$48,200 / $44,826

         ***** OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES *****                                
    P01  P01 Package: Auto-Dimming Mirrors, COMAN.......$3,950 / $3,674
    319  319 Lighting Package: Active Bi-Xenon He..............$970 / $902
    322  322 Appearance Package: Alum. Roof Rails...........$970 / $902
    550  Trailer Hitch (Class III)...........................................$540 / $502
    731  Burl Walnut Wood Trim                                           
    846  Brushed Aluminum Running Boards w/Rubber.........$660 / $614
    866  Rear Seat Entertainment System Pre-Wirin.............$160 / $149
    873  Heated Front Seats...............................................$740 / $688
    SUBTOTAL..................................................................$56190- / $52257
    DESTINATION & DELIVERY........................................$875 / $875
    TOTAL........................................................................$57- 065 / $53132

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    edited April 2010
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  • Lease coming up end of June on my 2008 ML 550 with 41K miles. I like the car, not in love with it, but would buy it if deal makes sense. Lease buyout number is currently $35,322 at end of lease, Edmunds online appraisal shows "trade in" value of $39,960 and private party sale value of $44,000. Kind of surprised value has held up so well. The dealer finance dept. rep is telling me as we get closer MB Financial should be willing to reduce buyout number.

    Car is eqippped with MB tex, Premium 1 Pkg ( rear camera,hands free,rear audio,DVD nav, sirius, harmon kardon), AMG Sport Pkg., sunroof, running boards, Ipod kit,voice,CD changer

    Question: What's the best way to get the lowest buyout price on a lease? Do these numbers make sense? Thanks in advance for any
  • jagoojagoo Posts: 23
    am looking at a 2007 m350 being sold by a private seller . It has 39k miles with pemium2 package and the rear video player and appearance package with 19 inch rims. The seller wants $33500. What is a fair price for this car?

    It is non cpo and it does not have an extended warranty.

  • mp85mp85 Posts: 2
    Am looking at purchasing a 2010 ML 550. Would love some guidance as to what people have been paying (e.g., below invoice, at invoice or some amount above invoice). I'm going with the Premium Package 1 (considering Parktronic).

  • absolutrajabsolutraj Seattle, WAPosts: 6
    Hi, I'm looking at almost the exact same configuration.
    What was the final price, down payment, and monthly you got on this car?

  • beeneverywherebeeneverywhere Posts: 1
    edited May 2010
    ML350 RWD P1, Hitch, Running Boards, Prewire, Heated seats, 19" wheels
    MSRP: $53,345
    Discounted Price: $47694
    39 month lease $3000 Drive Off
    12K miles per year
    Residual: 53%
    Money Factor: .00155
    $661 incl CA (9.25%) tax

    Believe it was a fair deal for both.
  • mbz4mbz4 Posts: 5
    I am looking forward to purchase 2010 ML 350 - 4 Matic with P01, any idea what price range I should look at ?
  • Hey guys, I am currently trying to buy a ML350 (not 4-matic) BLK on BLK with the following features:

    (For a 2010 model)
    Base: $ 45,500
    P1 package: $ 4,000
    Auto-Dimming Mirrors, COMAN
    115V AC Power Outlet
    iPOD/MP3 Media Interface + Cable
    Rearview Camera
    Power Driver seat with memory
    Power Steering column
    COMAND w/navigation
    SIRIUS Satellite Radio + HD Radio
    Power Liftgate

    19" 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels
    Aluminum Running Boards $650
    Rear entern. prewiring $160
    Subtotal: $50,500
    Dest & Delivery $875
    Total $51,400


    How does this price sound? Should I be able to get more incentives for buying a 2010 model? Are there incentives coming up till Thanksgiving?

  • I live in Scottsdale, and my wife wants to replace her SRX coming off lease with an ML 350 4Matic. I think the Phoenix dealers are too fond of their vehicles for me.

    I configured on Edmunds a Capri Blue with minimal options (appearance and door sills), indicated that I was expecting to lease at the November MBFS buy rates for lease factor (.0007) and acquisition fee ($795), and sent a quote request to the four dealers in the Valley of the Sun. I got back descriptions of one or two blue vehicles in their inventory, all with MSRP at least $4,000 over what I asked for, and quotes that amounted to $1,000 under dealer invoice or higher.

    I wrote back to ask if the pricing applied if I ordered the vehicle, and a couple replied yes, but nobody talked about lease factors. So, I sent the same email to all, saying that I wanted to order (I don't need $4,000 worth of dimming mirrors or heated front seats in Arizona), that I thought $1500 under invoice was right, and that I wanted to confirm that I would be getting the November buy rates from MBFS.

    I was either ignored, got a flat "no" without explanation, or got an insulting response from the oldest dealer in town. He said that nobody in the country would hold the November lease rates for an order which would take 10 weeks to come in, which I find absurd since the MBFS website itself says that "the vehicle may have to be ordered," not that the vehicle must be purchased from inventory or delivered by a specific date. BMW and most others will always give you the lease rates in effect at the time of the order, or better if rates improve while you are waiting for the vehicle. The MB dealer also said they would give me $1500 back of invoice on any car in inventory anywhere in the country, but it was absurd to think they would give the same pricing on a vehicle that they would need to order and wait 10 weeks to deliver. (The obvious question is: why not? It costs them nothing to wait.)

    Nobody gave me a complete picture to say if they would give me the buy rate on lease factors, or how much they would insist on marking them up. Knowing that I want to lease, quoting the vehicle price is misleading if they just intend to mark up the lease to get their profit there, instead.

    I have previously travelled to CA to get vehicles there. Can anyone suggest a dealer who will be willing to address my offer in a direct and open way? Or should I stick with BMW, where I just ordered an M3 and locked in the buy rate lease factors for November and got a waiver of payments on an early turn in of my Z4 (which I picked up in CA and am returning here).
  • Hi, I'm new to the ML forum. Before I begin, I would like to thank everyone for posting your experience purchasing/leasing an ML. They are extremely helpful.

    I'm looking to place an order for a RWD ML350 equipped as follows: Steel Grey (metallic), P1, Lighting Package, Appearance Package, and Running Boards. The MSRP for the car is $54730, with invoice of $50961 according to Edmunds. The best price I have so far is $49230 ($5500 off MSRP). My goal is to get $7000 off MSRP, as some posts indicated that was the deal they got. I live in Southern Cal and would appreciate your advice if that's too much discount to ask. If not, please advise if you know where/whom I can possibly negotiate a $7K off MSRP deal. Thanks!!!
  • isenkusisenkus Posts: 1
    Just wanna share...
    bought a new ML 350 AWD on Mar 30 2011... with the following specs:

    ML 350 - 4Matic
    Capri Blue
    Premium 1 Option
    Wood steering wheel
    heated front seat
    side step aluminum board (can't remember what's the name of the item)
    pre-wire back seat entertainment
    MB-tex seat

    msrp ~$56,700
    invoice ~$53,300 (like i care)
    paid (before tax) $49,000

    i told them:
    1. gas price is $4.30/gallon... i need some incentive to buy this bad boy
    2. the 2012 model is coming in Oct... i can wait.. or you can help me decide to buy it today
    3. i found out that the dealership (in San jose, ca) is owned by publicly traded company .. Autonation... so, they are very motivated to meet their Q1'11 target/quota.

    i hope this is a good deal because you always feel that it isn't. :(
  • mlevinemlevine Posts: 381
    Went to local dealer today test drove ML350 gas and diesel models. Gas is underpowered, but diesel has nice pickup. 2012 ML 350 gas getting engine hp upgrade should help. My deal for ML350 bluetec was 4,000 off MRSP which included loyalty and conquest cash. My opinoin is this is a terrible deal as others are getting 7,000-8,000 off. Next dealer here I come.
  • urhelpplsurhelppls Posts: 2
    about to lease 2011 ml350 for 48 months 15k miles a year. 5k down for 538 a month.
    p1 pckg.
    heated seats
    keyless- go
    class II trailer hitch
    brushed alum running boards
    wood multifunction streering wheel
    blind spot assist
    rear seat pre-wire
    burl walnut wood trim
    tinted windows thrown in
    white w/ beige MB-tx interior
    Does this deal sound good?
  • ML 350 gas with Prem 1 package includes navigation
    33 months/12k miles.
    5000 down payment, 530 monthly payment included everything.
    Is this a very good deal?
  • storm10storm10 Posts: 188
    In about 3 months from now, brand new and completely redesigned ML is coming out. The car looks awesome! You can see the photo gallery here: 2012 ML.

    After seeing this car in and out, I don't think anyone should get 2011, unless the deal is very inexpensive... Because you end up driving the "old body style" by leasing for 3-4 years...
  • Hi, everyone,
    Here is my give back to the community. I know the new ML350 model is coming out but this also means it is the best time to lease a 2010 ML350 now.
    I am in SoCal and I got a great deal at Arcadia Rusnak. Ask for Payam there.
    400 for 33 months/7500 miles. 4000 down. Premium navigation package. All fees and tax included!!!!!!!!
    Lease disposition : 595 (If u lease another Benz then you do not pay that)
    I own a Lexus HS250 so I get some discount for Benz Conquest program.

    I am the most picky, shameless, and cheap buyer out there.
    I have shopped around for SUV of Acura MDX, Lexus RX, Buick enclave and finally ML350. I like the truck space and brake technology of Benz.
    Most sales I dealt with are very useless. They do not know much about the car other than being a message boy for price.
    However, the Benz sales person I dealt with, Payam is really an exceptional sales person. He answered all the technical questions I want to know about navigation and safety issues. During the negotiation, he did his best to comfort me and my wife.
    I used Internet bidding but then I found I still had to deal with the sales person and then manager. So I do not get a more "direct" access to by pass the sales layer to buy a car.
    By the way, I also dealt with Car brokers. A car broker can deliver the car to your home and you dont pay until the last moment you pick up the car. So in a way you have nothing to lose.
    But my sales person, Payam was willing to work the extra miles to help me match the car broker's price. Most importantly, he help me avoid the broker fee of $299. Compare with a tyical sales who often "up" the price first, Payam was exceptionally being honest. It saved time.
    I still walked away from the deal because Benz did not want to get my 140,000 miles Celica for $4000 down payment.
    Then I sold my Celica for 3800 cash and went back.

    Of course being a shameless buyer I am, I walked out again from financing room when I heard that Benz will void the warranty if I do not use dealership for service......
    Finally, when I confimed the truth about Benz's warranty, I went back to the dealership to seal the deal.
    Before my car left the lot, I apprecaited Payam spent a lot of time to show me all the features of my new SUV. I purchased Lexus and Inifinity in the past but never experienced such good service from a sales person.

    The design of the dealership is to catch us off guard and suck our payment as much as it can from our bottom line number. Nowadays even many sales are not playing "good cops" anymore. I am letting the sales make thousands $ of profit so I want them to always be gental no matter what I say, bring me water, explain all car features in 1 second without looking or asking aronud, answer my email promptly, and comfort me when I am not getting my price.
    I am glad that I met good one at the end.

    I hope my post helps.
    If you have any question, send me your email. I got 4 brands of SUV offers from many dealerships.....
  • storm10storm10 Posts: 188
    I thought the rules of this forum is not to post any sales person name.... It sounds like an advertisment for some sales guy...
  • I just want to share my info for others to get cheaper deals.
    How do I edit my existing post?
  • My wife and I just purchased the 2012 ML350 from WI Simonson in Santa Monica, CA. Car has following options:

    Package 1
    +Keyless Go
    +Park Assist
    +Wooden Stearing Wheel
    +Panorama roof
    +Rear-Seat Entertainment Pre-Wire

    Quote was $1K off invoice, or $52K (MSRP of $56.6K), and they took care of ~$1K in lease lien payoffs. Unclear how much was conquest, but they did give some weight to my wife coming over from Volvo. Just wanted to provide a data point for those ML350 shoppers out there.
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