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  • Just ran this on carsdirect for zip 92705 and MSRP $65,725 gives there price as $60,279. That's $5,446 off MSRP so there must be some dealer incentive on this model. I'm planning to buy it next month so please post any legit deals anyone received in Southern Cal. Thanks!
  • carnut,

    That's the problem. Legit deals are hard to figure out on these boards. Every says they got there car for free. Carsdirect just gives you the run around. Go ahead and try them. LMK what happens. Didn't work out for me. 4-months to deliver a truck with no locked in price. I just went to the dealer, worked a deal, and am driving my truck. Very happy to say the least. Real simple. LOL
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291

    I suspect you are a disappointed car salesman trying to survive in the internet age. Get with the program, please !
  • merc,

    Naw, just tired of people fibbing. Nothing else my friend.
  • mevandemevande Posts: 190
    You said ""hottest luxury SUV on the PLANET"' It is NOT the hottest SUV on the planet and had plenty of competition. As shared on this forum, MBUSA dealers get hold back on every car, not to mention other incentives that come and go. Get a grip re: hyperbola's
  • mevandemevande Posts: 190
    No 'name' calling re: price/invoice. Anthony555 said ""I paid $1,500 over invoice for the hottest SUV on the planet. I felt the selling dealer was entitled to make a measly $1,500 profit on a $60K investment that he made."" You are clue less re: what the dealer paid. "Invoice' is never what the dealer pays for the car and you have not either been around or not literate re: car buying. A dealer can make a nice profit and sell a vehicle at invoice because of hold back. In addition, dealers get end of month and end of quarter incentives. I am going to the Chicago area to buy one for there is only one local dealer.

    MOST people are here in good faith re: helping others and are not jealous re: if someone gets a better deal. We are all here to help each other.
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291

    To add to your comments. Most of us who read these forums are smart enough to know that this is just one of the many tools available to do one's research and I don't make all my auto decisions only based on what is posted on these forums.

    But I have to say that I have found a lot of useful information on this forum.

    On a separate note, Mercedes is offering low apr financing on the "Hottest SUV on the Planet". Makes you wonder why?
  • Anthony555:

    I have never actually purchased from carsdirect but I do use them as leverage in negociations. I usually use carsdirect, a few direct emails to dealers, Costco Auto Buying service, and sites like this. Costco works really good for my new Suburban every few years and carsdirect saved me about $1,000 on on 04 Cayenne because the CarsDirect dealer was low balling to move them and thus helped me with the Newport Beach dealer. Nearly $6,000 off MSRP on a GL450 is below "invoice" so I'm not quite sure if there is a dealer holdback. I know that it pays to shop until a few dealers tell you no.
  • MB USA must offer some incentives to get us fools to buy a $60K to $66K mid size SUV.......
  • jshuejshue Posts: 1
    The car is $72,395 MSRP. from SC Dick Dyer

    I don't care about what other people say.

    I know I got a good deal, last day to fit in 4.9% financing too.

    Consider this.

    1. There is a shortage of GL320
    2. Color requirements from my wife.
    3. Options requirements from ny wife.
    4. Look at BLUE BOOK value from KBB, it is over the MSRP.

    Good luck all the GL hunter, get away all the bull shiter
  • ericfeltericfelt Posts: 2
    I understand that in 2001 Mercedes offered a U.S. factory delivery option for the vehicles manufactured in Alabama. Does anyone know how that used to work, i.e. what discount/amenities were offered, whether the $775 delivery charge was waived, etc.? The factory has announced that they are resuming tours on 6 Mar so I'm wondering if they will offer the factory delivery option again.
  • Jon90Jon90 Posts: 33
    they did NOT waive the delivery fee. some story about they have to charge it on every vehicle, doesn't make sense to me, but I believe their transportation contract could be written this way.
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    hi im new to this i want to is the gl class driving experience?is there anymor better suv or is the gl good?
  • The GL is one of the few larger SUVs that truly drives like a car. You aren't going to think you are in a S550 or LS460 but it's the best available right now. Lexus has a LX540 in the works. I believe the ETA is Fall, 2007. I'm sure Lexus will raise the bar.
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    ok thanks for the reply,do u own 1?and if not which car do u own. so it won't be as luxury or as comfortable as a s class or Ls u know anything abt the cayenne is it better than a gl class. and thanks again for the reply.
  • I owned a 04 Cayenne S but sold it because the ride was too harsh. I'm a Lexus type--I like a smooth ride with no wind noise. The Cayenne is great if you like to drive fast and hard and don't mind bouncing around. I don't own the GL but have driven it twice. Although I've never owned an MB due to quality issues, the GL might change that. I too have not yet decided and might wait until the end of the year for the new LX from Lexus.
  • gls69gls69 Posts: 24
    I have had my GL for about 2 months. No mechanical problems so far. Handling is far superior to the large SUVs we drove. Cargo capacity is good, gas mileage is poor. Overall I am satisfied. Have had two friends with Cayenne's and they complained about the car being in the shop alot. Good luck in your choice.
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    carnutica, I thought the cayenne was smooth and without wind noice,but now i am more confused since reading ur message and i didn't know the cayenne bouncing around,,ya i do like to drive fast but sometimes,most of the time i drive by the limit. so since u owned a cayenne how was it to speed off comfortable or loud? and i have heard different things from people some say cayenne and all the porsche are long lasting cars, some say always trouble i dont know what to believe,

    gls69,hi so since u own the gl its good rite?how comfortable is it,is it fun to drive?i think the cayenne is not a reliable car all through i am not sure,

    guys i dont know but i think the toyotas lexus and mercedes are the most reliable car, i used to like the bmw x5 as well but since i read a message about a guy saying that he bought a brand new x5 and within the next 10 days he had 10 different problems since i changed my mind about bmw.
  • gls69gls69 Posts: 24

    The confusion you are experiencing is common since individual stories vary widely. The analogy in medicine is trying to extrapolate the validity of a single "case report" vs a double-blind, controlled study with a large sample size. I would suggest you read past posts regarding reliability of Mercedes (bearing in mind that people that do post are usually at either end of the bell shaped curve, i.e. people with "average" experiences are not strongly motivated to post).

    With that caveat, my personal experience with Mercedes is mixed. I bought a 1986 420 SEL and it ran for 300K miles with little or no problems. I still have my 1991 500SL which is one of the best cars I have ever owned. In contrast I bought a 1993 190 2.6L and the fit & finish were poor.
    Mercedes quality fell off about 10 years ago, and most people will agree that they have been fighting hard to re-establish their reputation for reliability. With that in mind I still bought the GL 450 because it is quiet, handles well, looks good, and can hold both my dogs. I cross my fingers on reliability, but hedged my bets by buying the 6 year, 100K mile warranty. I intend to keep it for a long time if it holds up like my first two Mercedes.

    PS I have only owned ONE BMW, a 1998 740iL. However, with
    that limited experience, I was terribly disappointed in
    what was supposed to be their "flagship" car. I had
    numerous problems with it and it didn't help that the
    dealer thought I was just "lucky to be a BMW person".
    Actually, I dumped the car and bought a Dodge Magnum
    and have been happier with it than the BMW.

    PPS I apologize to any loyal BMW fans out there before you
    start writing in to disagree. That was just MY
  • I did not say that the Cayenne had wind noise although, I admit, it is inferred. The first 1-2 years of Cayenne (03/04 maybe 05) had quality problems and it tanked Porsche in JD Powers ranking wherein the 911 was superb. There is no substitute for test driving all relevant vehicles and then coming to your own conclusions. My Cayenne did not have the suspension package (which I heard helps smooth out the ride somewhat) but it's tranny was terrible. Always overreved mid gears. I'm sure Porsche has fixed this but a complete test ride would prove it. I have yet to hear a negative report on the GL450 except, as noted here, MB's quality at their Alabama plant has be terrible (ML). The dealer here says they are addressed the issue. I'm planning to buy the GL at the end of the month so I will leave my impressions on initial quality soon. Good luck to all!
  • GLS69:

    How many miles on your GL and what do you like and dislike about it at this point?
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    How is GL quality wise, and have u driven the s class is it better than the s class,?is it a smooth ride?comfortable?
  • gls69gls69 Posts: 24
    I only have 1000miles on it so far.
    Haven't driven the new S-class, but wouldn't even try to compare the two. Kind of like trying to compare steak to lobster.
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    so u mean the s class is way better?
  • gls69gls69 Posts: 24
    Rhetorical question: Go test drive an S-class.Put seven adults in it, two dogs and some luggage and form your own opinion. Are you really sincere in looking for information on these posts or do you have a cognitive deficit? "U like s car mo betta dan da suv?".
  • gagricegagrice Pahrump, NevadaPosts: 31,432
    We just went and looked at 8 new GL450s at San Diego Mercedes. It seems you can buy one that is stripped for about $59K window sticker or you get one with way more stuff than you want for $73k. We actually want the GL320 CDI with leather, Premium one & sunroof no entertainment doodads or fancy low profile wheels and tires. Should have a MSRP of about $62k. Can those be done on a European delivery? I do like that SUV.
  • thjattythjatty Posts: 14
    I've never owned a MB. On lux side, I've owned a Landcruiser, Porsche, tricked out Z71 suburban, and some very nice VWs. I've researched like crazy; considered the following:
    Acura MDX (not crazy about new body style)
    Chrysler Aspen (too boxy,thirsty and expensive for what it is)
    Lexus GX (no fold flat and it's a smaller version of my LandCruiser)
    Acadia and Outlook (too pricey for what you get), and have decided to go with a GL 320CDI. It fits my needs best; family cruiser, awd, decent MPG with diesel for a suv, nice, lux, and I'm willing to pay for quality. I want to keep my next suv for a long time. So...
    I'm about to buy a GL 320CDI w/options (whatever I want) for invoice plus $1200.00. I tested a 450 and a 320CDI R-Class. I liked the torque of the diesel and I'm wanting a highway cruiser with ability to pull a boat and 3 kids.
    I will order it and it'll take about 3 months. I can have it brought here to dealer or I can pick it up at the Alabama factory.
    My questions are:
    1) is this a reasonable deal?
    2) should I take delivery at factory or at dealer? (Factory is about 350 miles away)
    3) Should I get the DVD kids back-seat system? (one installed at factory)
    4)What's reasonable deposit?
    5)any other helpful info?

    Tom Johnson
  • thjattythjatty Posts: 14
    the GLs are built in Alabama.
  • gagricegagrice Pahrump, NevadaPosts: 31,432
    I just figured that out when they did not offer EU delivery. Oh well Alabama might be nice to visit. I really like the desert silver with tan leather. Don't like the low profile tire look or ride. I had them on a 2005 Passat and the ride was too harsh.
  • byu_85byu_85 Posts: 2
    Is $3000 off MSRP good price in Chicago Area? MSRP for the GL is about $63k. TIA
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