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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan
#4895 of 6720 COMMAND/NAV system
May 07, 2003 (1:50 pm)
If you read the last paragraph of the letter, it looks like you must have paid up front to get this offer.
My reccomendation is not to deal with the dealer. Instead talk to the Mercedes area rep. Ask the dealer for his number. If they won't give it to you, call the headquarters in NJ and get it from them.
I had a problem with my 2001 C. I dealt with the rep directly and was able to negotiate $5000 more in compensation than the dealer was willing to give. Hence I ended up with the E.
You may have a case. Especially if the dealer "promised" you could add it on later.
I have one of these cars, and I prepaid for the NAV so I am on the list. I will be dealing with my area rep to get a 2004 as a replacement. Who knows what else has changed. It scares me that I may be getting a "retrofitted" 2003.
Its worth a shot!
#4896 of 6720 E500 Pricing
May 09, 2003 (3:54 pm)
I recently placed an order for an E500 to replace my wife's '01 C320 and would appreciate hearing from a few members about their price negotiation experiences. Thanks!
#4899 of 6720 7-speed: That's great, but..
May 15, 2003 (5:00 am)
..I've been very troubled by what appears to be a decline in the quality, reliablity and customer service of Mercedes. Many on this board have posted more than a few problems that, IMO, warrant more attention than a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The E-class Wagon, and possibly future turbodiesel sedan, remain on my future shopping list when it comes time to replace our SUV and sedan. But I am not pleased to see some apparant backsliding in quality control and reliability. My informal poll of as many business associates and friends as possible seems to show far fewer problems - large and small - with the BMW 5-series than the Mercedes E-class. Electrical component malfunctions still seem to top the list. Unfortunately, the BMW 5-series Wagon just isn't comparable in size or versitility as the E-Wagon.
I hope Mercedes can find a way to redirect some of their engineering to getting the basics right before they embark on an 8 speed transmission.
May 15, 2003 (7:25 pm)
has anyone heard anything about the 2004 E-class SEDAN due out this August? it's supposed to have a much improved navigation/communication system called COMAND (yes, one M only). apparently, the E55 AMG that's coming out this May does not have the COMAND option (and it's a 2003! very late for an '03 to come out in May!). I'd really appreciate any info on the 2004 E-class sedan (there's plenty of info on the 2004 E-wagon on the net).
May 17, 2003 (9:23 am)
It's confirmed that the 2004 E Class will come equipped with DVD Navigation. The question remains is will it also have DVD movie capability.
#4902 of 6720 MB Quality
May 18, 2003 (4:23 am)
I own a 2000 E430 with the COMAND system and the voice activated phone. I will tell you that I have had my share of bad luck with electrical problems with my COMAND and phone. I would advise you to wait a year or two to see if MB makes a real push to improve the quality of the electrical components of the car. I was under the impression that Nokia was going to produce the COMAND system in the future.
May 19, 2003 (8:27 am)
This may be a stupid ? but I have never had an integrated car phone. If I get an E500 with the phone, can I get my service programmed through the phone in the car or does it take some type of different service? I assume that the integration in the car is very nice, ie being able to answer the phone with the steering wheel controls(?).