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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1090 of 2217 Re: My 2012 E350 was built on the 12th!!! [richardnva]
Sep 21, 2011 (11:58 am)
I won't know the final price until the vehicle is delivered. Usually, Mercedes Benz has special incentives from November through December for the holidays. MB financial also provides an incentive if you currently have a lease or loan with them. I have a loan on my vehicle now, so they usually give a 1500 dollar incentive to refinance with them. Also, last year, they had a $2000 loyalty incentive. That is what I am hoping for. I usually pay my dealer a bit below invoice for my cars (I buy one every year from them, so that is why I get great pricing). Since I already used my USAA incentive for my wife's car, I won't be eligible for another one until January, and I don't want to wait until January as my currently vehilces value will drop too much to make it worth the $2000 or so I get.
I am hoping to pay about $56,000 for the vehicle, give or take a few hundred, but we will see.
#1091 of 2217 Re: My 2012 E350 was built on the 12th!!! [abacomike]
Sep 22, 2011 (11:56 am)
My current lease with Infiniti doesn't expire until May of next year.
Do you think the end of year/holiday incentives that MB offers are the best deals they offer all year?
I'm wondering if I should consider getting out of my lease early to take advantage of the MB offers.
#1092 of 2217 Re: My 2012 E350 was built on the 12th!!! [richardnva]
Sep 22, 2011 (1:22 pm)
It depends on the cost of getting out of your lease. I paid $1000 to get out of a 39 mo lease after 13 months. Then I took advantage of conquest money etc and leased the e350 for 24 mos, no money down, multiple security deposits...for less per month than I was paying for the infiniti M37. My Infiniti dealer bought the car so there was no tax on the buyout...just $1000.
You really don't know until you ask and look at your personal situation. If you are considering purchasing a gas e350, the 2012 is a much better car (engine)...if you are leasing and want a diesel, you will probably never see a better deal than the one they are offering now on 2011's on a 24 month lease.
#1093 of 2217 Re: My 2012 E350 was built on the 12th!!! [richardnva]
Sep 23, 2011 (7:16 am)
Yes! Mercedes Benz usually has special promotions/incentives during November and December. Last year, they provided 3 years of EMBRACE (Mercedes Benz's answer to ONSTAR) if you financed your vehicle with Mercedes Benz Financial. They also had a $2000 loyalty incentive as well and $1500 loyalty for MB Financial.
As for the new engine (my new 2012 E350 is currently at the port of Jacksonville awaiting transport down here to the southeast coast of FL), you will have 34 more horsepower (268 to 302),with significantly improved fuel economy (my brother has the new engine in his E350 coupe and is getting 32 mpg's in cruise control on the turnpike) a new "BLUE EFFICIENCY" transmission (I was told by my service manager that the new transmission is really the same transmission withe a few changes coupled with a BRAND NEW BLUE FLUID), and updates to the center speedometer screen (in the E350, you have two screens, one in the center above the console and another in the middle of the speedometer) which adds color to the readouts for NAV, RADIO STATIONS, FUEL ECONOMY READINGS, TIRE PRESSURE MONITORS, ETC. Also, there will be anew LED daytime running light configuration for both the sport and luxury models.
I would not recommend getting out of your lease with Infiniti UNLESS you have very low mileage and the car is worth more than the residual plus your remaining payments. If you wait until your lease is over, you won't have the added expense and, from my experiences, you can still get incentives from MB during the spring and summer.
If you qualify for a USAA incentive, it may pay to get out fo the lease early.
Whatever you decide, good luck.
#1094 of 2217 E 350 sport vs luxury sedan
Sep 26, 2011 (8:45 am)
How does the sports model compare to the Luxury model? We just bought the sports model last week. our 4 previous Mercedes have been the Luxury model. Also I traded in our 2008 E class. Is there any way to find our what the dealer sold that car for? I still have the vin #. Thanks
#1095 of 2217 Re: E 350 sport vs luxury sedan [wareaglejim]
Sep 26, 2011 (8:54 am)
Also, TGhe tires can not be rotated on the sports model. My 2008 at 42,500 miles when I traded it in with the ORIGINAL tires. Has anyone had any experience with the tires are can not be rotated?
#1096 of 2217 Re: E 350 sport vs luxury sedan [wareaglejim]
Sep 26, 2011 (10:25 am)
C class Sport is the same way. The rear-tires are wider than the front tires. You have to replace them in pair and no rotating.
#1097 of 2217 Re: E 350 sport vs luxury sedan [wareaglejim]
Sep 26, 2011 (12:11 pm)
Some things you should know about the Sport vs. Luxury models:
* 90% of all production of E350's are "sport" models. My dealer told me the reason is due to the fact that most people prefer the larger wheels/tires, the ground effects, the front grill, and the preferred handling of the sport due to stiffer shocks and springs, and the wider stance (improved cornering) Of course, the "ride" is much stiffer, and older drivers find that uncomfortable. I always get my E350's with the sport package.
*when it comes to resale, the sport model gets a better resale value since most E's are built that way. In fact, my dealer told me that Luxury models tend to bring less money on trade than the sport models.
*the LED daytime running lights are standard on the sport, not so on the Luxury. Although, you should know that the 2012's will have the LED's both models. The difference in 2012's is that the LED's will be a straight array as opposed to the "hockey-puck" arracy currently offerred on the 2011's.
*the interior of the sport is a bit different than the interior of the luxury. Instead of multi-toned interiors, the sport has a monotone interior. Also, instrument cluster is different.
I hope I"ve helped.
#1098 of 2217 Re: E 350 sport vs luxury sedan [abacomike]
Sep 26, 2011 (12:28 pm)
Of course the BlueTec has 17" wheels whether it's a sport or a luxury. I personally object to "older riders find the ride of the sports is uncomfortable"...that's stereotyping and untrue...if I didn't need a larger car, I'd be driving a porsche cayman S and it's likely you would see me as "older". Resale on the Luxury and Sport are essentially the same....in fact few non mercedes dealers even know the difference. Condition is far more important than which trim you have on the car.
Please explain "also, instrument cluster is different"....I believe all e350's get the same(new) instrument cluster.
#1099 of 2217 Re: E 350 sport vs luxury sedan [ghstudio]
Sep 26, 2011 (1:34 pm)
FIRST OF ALL, I AM A RETIRED SCHOOL PRINCIPAL/AUTO DEALERSHIP MANAGER! YOU CAN OBJECT ALL YOU WANT ABOUT "OLDER RIDERS", BUT FROM MY EXPERIENCE WITH ALL KINDS OF DRIVERS, THE OLDER DRIVERS TEND TO OBJECT TO THE SPORT MODEL. THAT IS FROM EXPERIENCE OVER THE YEARS
SECONDLY, FROM EXPERIENCE, THE SPORT MODEL BRINGS A HIGHER TRADE VALUE THAN THE LUXURY!
I know what I am talking about. This is a forum that is used to express facts and opinions! I try to help out people whenever I can from my own experiences and I have owned over 20 Mercedes Benz vehicles in the past 20 years.
From now on, do me a favor - if you want people to respond to your posts, which you asked for, DON'T BADGER THE RESPONDERS!
I have helped many, many forum participants over the years in selecting the right car for them. Additionally, I am extremely well versed in the E350 model. I buy one every year.
Older drivers tend to have back aches and pains. The ride on the sport model is extremely stiff. I had the same complaints from people who have purchased an Infiniti "sport" and on long drives, they complain about back pain and stiffness.
Rather than use the term "older drivers", I willl use the term "matured drivers!" HOW'S THAT!