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#5648 of 6720 E-Class Changes
Feb 18, 2004 (9:30 pm)
Sometime in the near future (05' model year) I would bet that the "E320" will become the "E350" to reflect the new 3.5L DOHC Direct-injection V6 making it's debut in the 2005 SLK350. This engine makes 268hp in the SLK. I don't expect the E350 to be quite that powerful, but you can expect at least 250hp, and the 7-Seed automatic also.
Since the 545i, new A6 4.2. both have 325hp or more, I also expect a new direct-injection V8 to make its debut in the 2006 S-Class, this will no doubt be shared with the E-Class of the same year.
The E55 may, and I mean may get a new 6.3L V8 (600hp) based on the same direct-injection V8 that will debut in the new S-Class. Mercedes has history of making engine swaps for the second-half of an AMG car's production run. Witness the 2001-2002 CL55, 2001-2002 S55, and C32 to C55 transformations.
I'd say that the entire E-Class will get its first "facelift" for 2006 or 2007, depending on its popularity up to that point.
#5649 of 6720 Discount from MSRP
Feb 18, 2004 (9:51 pm)
As far as I understood, MB never offered any discount to the new cars. Monday, I went to a dealer in NJ, they offered me 3k off from MSRP for both E500 and CLK500. Did MB change their policy to offer dicounts again?
#5650 of 6720 microrepair, siulobow
Feb 19, 2004 (12:25 am)
It's a free country and Massachusetts' dealers can ask whatever they want for E320 Wagons if the buying public is willing to pay it. However, I uncovered my old deal that I did not take on a brand new 2001 E320 4-matic wagon, E1, multicontour seats and metallic paint dated June 4, 2001: $46,650. Price included destination, not taxes or tags. Price on a non 4-matic was $43,950.
Now if someone wants to pay $40k+ for a 3 year old car with 27-45k miles on the odometer, I'm not sure who is dumber - them, or me for not buying the car new in 2001.
Mercedes doesn't discount?? Nice urban legend, but every dealer does their own thing. The aforementioned deal was one of the few times Mercedes offered a $2,000 factory to dealer incentive on the E class that I am aware of, but the dealer I work with will discount just about any model, some more, some less.
Right now, as we speak, you can also get a flat 7% off the MSRP by going through European Delivery. I believe they throw in a few goodies relative to lodging and meals for a night or two.
Feb 20, 2004 (10:33 am)
You're right on the European Delivery Program. I just ordered an E320 4matic for delivery in May. MB pays for one nights lodging, a meal, transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the factory, 15 days insurance and there is no destination charge. The only thing I thought was a little strange was that the residual on my lease was less than the same car delivered directly to the dealer. As far as price was concerned, there was no negotiation. I spoke to several dealers are got the same response from each.
#5652 of 6720 mclaeer - extended warranty
Feb 21, 2004 (7:50 am)
I bought an 8 year extended factory warranty for our '01 E-320 on 4-14-02 from Lisa Lehrbaum at Courtesy Motors in Chino CA. 1-800-655-3535 or 1-530-893-1300. Fax 1-530-893-1131. Terms and conditions may have change since then.
Feb 21, 2004 (10:05 am)
You can usually get a 10% or more discount off the asking price if do some serious negotiating.
Just bought a 2001 E320 w/14K miles ; got a little over 10% off on a Starmark car.
#5654 of 6720 2004 E Class Comand Problem
Feb 23, 2004 (4:23 am)
For the 2nd time since December, I started the car to go to work, radio came on, radio started crackeling, then radio sound quit. CD changer still plays w/ sound but 3 minutes later, still no radio sound.... any similar experiences/solutions? How do I get the radio sound back. Will try the radio lunch time.
Feb 23, 2004 (9:07 am)
I'm considering buying a 2001 or 2002 E320 with less than 50k miles. I would need AWD. I've never owned a Mercedes. Questions: Just how many miles will a well-kept one go? I've heard that some make it to 500,000 or more. Any other buying advise anyone has? Thanks.
Feb 23, 2004 (2:56 pm)
want to see if this is happening at all MB dealership. reserved my e320 4matic last Aug. finally got my pick up call last week.(i'm already paying sticker). but now my dealer wants to add a $675 fee, 'cause the Euro went up. not that it's a lot of money. but something tells me, had the euro gone done, they wouldn't be offerring me a rebate of some kind.
anyway, are u guys getting stick w/ this fee also?
#5657 of 6720 reno24 / pickle005
Feb 24, 2004 (2:28 am)
I would think a 1998 or 1999 E300TD would have a better chance of seeing 300,000+ miles than a gas model. Or, like me, you can wait for the new E320CDI. Unfortunately, none of these have 4-matic. However, as I've previously posted, of 4-5 friends with 4-matics that have 100k+ miles, several have had transmission and drive train repairs. The RWD owners we know seem to fare better on this front. Coincidence? Possibly, but even a friend who was a former Mercedes leasing executive acknowledged that 4-matic is not a maintenance free system and there are more moving parts that will wear out over time.
By the way, I have also confirmed that the 300,000+ mile Mercedes is mostly an urban legend. Yes, they can last that long when well maintained, as can a Honda or Toyota. But maintenance and repairs on newer models (1995+) can get very expensive as electronic systems and high tech components fail. My buddy with an old 1978 240D 4-speed that made it to 280k miles had a simple car that was cheap to maintain. He now has a 1997 E420 that, except for an extended warranty which just expired, would have taken serious bites out of his wallet. He is shopping for a replacement.
Let me get this right: You ordered a E320 4-matic for ED last August at "sticker" and are now being asked to pay an additional $675 because of the decline in the dollar. Something smells really bad.
I've been told I could order an 2004 E320/500 now for May pickup (12 weeks or less), 7% off MSRP and they throw in some travel goodies. I am hoping that offer will still stand when the E320 CDI is released. It sounds like you are being taken coming and going.