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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, SUV
#87 of 724 Looking to buy a 2006 ML-500 or ML-350
Jun 12, 2005 (8:46 pm)
Drove both a ML 500 and ML 350 on Saturday and was impressed on how they drive compared to a Infinity FX-45 and the Lexus 470 vehicle. I think the Mercedes is more of a vehicle then the other two cars. The Infinity is too radical in styling and the Lexus seems to be dated styling and features.
What kind of deal on a purchase do you think one can make on the 2006 model.
I would be trading a 2002 Caddy DTS, Loaded with everything but Sunroof. Value around 17,500 to 18,500 hopefully.
I normally purchase but would do a lease if the terms and factors were right. Help me out on how MB Leasing might structure a lease.
Can I do a 36 or 42 month lease, Will they allow me to buy it with 20,000 miles per year in the lease.
I don't mind buying the vehicle outside my city area so I can travel to a dealer that is flexible in making a deal happen.
Any advice is appreciated.
#88 of 724 Re: Looking to buy a 2006 ML-500 or ML-350 [kcmover]
Jun 13, 2005 (9:05 am)
Where are you from? I got a good deal from Bay area, CA. You can see my posts on top and also visit www.mbworld.org where you will get useful information too.
#89 of 724 Re: Looking to buy a 2006 ML-500 or ML-350 [sierrasonic]
Jun 14, 2005 (12:22 am)
hi sierrasonic, i can't believe the deal you are getting, wow.i never thought anyone would be willin to sell below their invoice. especially from the high-end vehicle sectors. Those salesmen think if you can afford a Mercedes, then you can afford the full price. So it was always been hard to bargain with them in the past for me. None of my buying experiences were pleasant. And i absolutely hate paying for more than what the vehicle actually worth.
I live in the bay area also, the oakland MB salesman just contacted me saying that they are having a house competition or something and are willing to offer the deal of $500 above their invoice if i can make the purchase by 6/20. So i was wondering which salesman did you made the contact with? Also, the tax in the bay area is pretty high, i was even thinking about buying a vehicle from Oregon and drive it down, could save me over 5000 in tax and its only couple hours of drive.
#90 of 724 Re: MSRP 48825, Invoice Price $45959, Offered Price $44581 for 2006 ML350 [sierrasonic]
Jun 14, 2005 (5:42 am)
What dealer did you purchase from? Location - City, State, Phone #? I want to purchase a ML for my wife.
#91 of 724 Re: MSRP 48825, Invoice Price $45959, Offered Price $44581 for 2006 ML350 [garret]
by kirstie_h HOST
Jun 14, 2005 (6:37 am)
No phone numbers, but dealership, city & state are fine. Let your fingers do the walking
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#92 of 724 Re: Looking to buy a 2006 ML-500 or ML-350 [mymercedes]
Jun 14, 2005 (9:58 am)
mymercedes, don't you pay tax in the state the vehicle is registered in? so driving to Oregon will do you no good if you don't register in Oregon.
#93 of 724 Re: MSRP 48825, Invoice Price $45959, Offered Price $44581 for 2006 ML350 [sierrasonic]
Jun 14, 2005 (10:10 am)
So I picked mine ML350 up last Wednesday. I love it. Got the Pewter with Black leather inserts. Memory seats are a must if you have multiple drivers. The seven spoke wheels are good looking, so don't feel you need upgraded wheels. Also, with bigger wheels, you get thinner tires, so ride quality is compromised. I am still getting used to alot of things, I had a Ford Explorer before this. Overall, the car is sweet. I am pretty critical though, so I do have a couple of minor comments that relate to the stereo. One is with respect to the stereo control on the steering wheel. While listening to the radio, why does the up and down button serve as a scan/seek button instead of scrolling through my presets? That is silly. Or am I not programming something right? Please advise if you know, thanks! Other comment is that the preset buttons (especially since I can't access them from the steering wheel) should be on the left side of the LCD screen, not the right side. I have to stretch across pretty far to access them. I did get the Entertainment Package, so listening to CDs will mitigate this, but I still think that could have been thought out more. Did anyone get the wheel lock bolts? I can't find a parts department that has them for the 2006, and I heard the bolts for the 2005 don't fit. Congrats to everyone on their purchases!
#94 of 724 Re: Looking to buy a 2006 ML-500 or ML-350 [mymercedes]
Jun 14, 2005 (4:23 pm)
I got it from Pleasanton, CA.
#95 of 724 Re: MSRP 48825, Invoice Price $45959, Offered Price $44581 for 2006 ML350 [sierrasonic]
Jun 14, 2005 (10:56 pm)
So far I love it. Although I already have a couple of complaints....I don't know if you've experienced this, but I live in the peninsula with LOTS of hills and when I'm going downhill at about 30-35 mph, it would suddenly jerk and downshift. Also, yesterday, I was at a stop sign and was making left and it jerked again. I think something's up with the 7 speed automatic shift (or whatever that's called). I had a 10 year old Lexus prior to this car and never had that kind of problem. My husband was also saying that when he goes 80 mph, he feels it trying to slow him down, since I don't go that fast, I haven't had that experience. Then, there's the brake pedal, it seems too low, like I have to press halfway before the brake engages. Have you noticed that? I had a couple of people test drive the car and they both mentioned the same thing (without me bringing it up). I had it serviced today for the safety recall (clamp on steering fluid) and had them check out the brakes, they said they bled it, may have had air pockets and should be working just fine, but I haven't noticed any difference. I'm still happy though and excited. I did buy the car for the looks What about you?
#96 of 724 Re: Looking to buy a 2006 ML-500 or ML-350 [mymercedes]
Jun 14, 2005 (11:04 pm)
Since we own a house in Arizona, we asked about buying out of state so we pay lower taxes and we were told (by the financing lady at the dealer), that you can buy out of state but when you register your car in California within 1 year of purchase from out of state, you would have to pay the taxes then, based on your address in CA.