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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1139 of 1943 How to get more $ off.
Oct 12, 2011 (8:17 am)
I have been a member of the Mercedes club(MBCA) for many years. If you are now a member for a minimum of 1 yr you can print a Certificate on line for $1,000 discount from your selling dealer. Just bought a 2011 E350 Sport with USAA program PLUS $1,000 MBCA discount.
Have bought 3 new MB's in the last 3 years and have saved $4,000 total on my purchases from MBCA.
#1140 of 1943 Re: Need Help in Buying Mercedes E350 [abacomike]
Oct 12, 2011 (7:14 pm)
You did very well, Mike! Congrats on your new car. Anxious to hear your impressions of the new direct injection. Enjoy!
#1141 of 1943 Re: Need Help in Buying Mercedes E350 [bevbran]
Oct 13, 2011 (6:46 am)
The car still has not been received by the dealership, still in transit. They told me it would probably be in today or tomorrow. The way they explained it to me was that there were many, many shiploads of new 2012's waiting at the port to be released by Mercedes Benz to the dealerships. Depending upon where the car was, physically, determines how fast it gets out. I am anxious as well to try out the new engine, and from what my brother tells me about it (he has a 2012 coupe), he is getting 32 mpg on the highway, and 22 around town. So, since the sedan is a little heavier vehicle, I expect a little less, obviously.
Will let you know as soon as I take delivery, and thanks for the well-wishes.
#1142 of 1943 Re: Need Help in Buying Mercedes E350 [abacomike]
Oct 14, 2011 (6:48 pm)
You're NOT getting 4Matic, correct?
#1143 of 1943 Re: Need Help in Buying Mercedes E350 [bevbran]
Oct 15, 2011 (5:20 am)
Correct! Down here in Florida, one does not need an all wheel drive vehicle.
As an update, the dealer still has not received any 2012 E350 Sedans from the port, nor have any other dealers in southeastern Florida. My dealer called me last night and told me that the transport company said the cars will be in this weekend. From past experience this week, I would doubt it, but as soon as I get it, and try it out, I'll share my experiences with the new engine and new equipment.
#1144 of 1943 Decision on E-350 and Pricing Question
Oct 16, 2011 (9:06 am)
Was looking at the BMW 535 and Mercedes E-350. Based on reviews in this forum I am veering towards a Mercedes mainly due to stated problems on the BMW.
Now on the Mercedes:
1. Like the Sports Package but am concerned about the possible issues with the tires etc. and so decided on the Luxury Package. What do you think?
2. I am being offered 4K off MSRP and 3 year servicing free on the 2011. Can i Hope for any better?
3. On the 2011 i am not getting the color of my choice. If i do wait for a 2012 can i hope for a similar discount if I go back in 2 months? If so what is the discount on MSRP that i can hope for.
I am neither USAA nor any special discount category.
Eagerly awaiting responses
#1145 of 1943 Re: Decision on E-350 and Pricing Question [kish1970]
Oct 16, 2011 (9:38 am)
I'd wait for the 2012. Mercedes usuaslly has good incentives in December, but they wont match the 2011 pricing. If you wait you'll get the new engine and the color you want, which will pay off at resale time. I'd go with the luxury model for the more comfortable ride, better tire wear, etc. Good luck.
#1146 of 1943 Re: Decision on E-350 and Pricing Question [kish1970]
Oct 16, 2011 (10:49 am)
In regards to your Q2, I suspect that even without Conquest or USAA rebates, you should be able to get a 2011 model for >$4K off of MSRP.
That said, if you are partial to particular color and option set, I would wait for a 2012 as it will feature improved engine and mileage. And, as Kevinc5 notes, MB may offer compelling rebates during the holidays.
My two rupees...
#1147 of 1943 Re: Decision on E-350 and Pricing Question [dewarsandsoda]
Oct 16, 2011 (5:41 pm)
Just to share my recent experience with 2011 E350 from a New England dealer - was offered one for ~$6k off sticker (msrp was about $57k+, was offered $51k+). I did not qualify for the $4,000 conquest money). The $6,000 off was thrown at me at the beginning of the talks, so I presume maybe there was some more leeway but I eventually decided to wait for a similar discount on a 2012, so I didn't try to bargain.
I think we all expect (and hope) to be able to get ~$10k off a 2012 next summer but I think even $6-7k off this winter will probably be good enough for me. For some the updates on the 2012 maybe minor but to me its worth waiting for and getting slightly more powerful and very slightly more economical engine, along with the updated interior (mostly steering wheel) and exterior (straight line DRL LEDs come to mind).
Oct 17, 2011 (4:34 pm)
Well, finally my dealer got my new 2012 E350 sedan from the port in Jacksonville this morning. I drove the new car about 50 miles this afternoon and these are my imporessions of the 2012 over my 2011 E350:
*The pick-up and acceleration are unbelievably superior to the 2011. Difference is 278 hp vs. 302 hp. Quite an improvement!!!
*The engine sounds "throatier", if you know what I mean. Sounds more like a V8 than a V6.
*The ride and handling seem a bit more responsive and "tighter" than my 2011. This could be due to the mere fact that they are different cars, since the suspension and wheels/tires are the same as last years.
*They increased the number of speakers in the car from 12 to 14 - with the Premium 1 or 2 packages - Harmon Karden. Surround sound seems more realistic than last year's model. I believe this is due mainly to the addition of the 2 speakers.
*Since I got the tire/wheel package with AMG wheels, the steering wheel is a sport steering wheel. Much nicer than last year's steering wheel - addition of more aluminum trim on the wheel - much sportier looking and feeling, as well.
*The car is equipped with a Premium 2 package. My 2011 had Premium 1. Big difference driving at night with the bi-xenon lights and cornering lights. Adaptive headlights also light up the round as you corner. Very distinct improvement in visibility over the 2011.
*Also have the contour seats - also a great improvement when adjusted correclty - they seem to hold me and grab me for support on both sides - less movement in the seat during turns.
*The car also came equipped with ventilated seats. Down here in Florida, they seem to be a necessity with the heat and humidity. They have three fan speeds for each front seat and really do cool the "derriere". Had to also get leather seats with these two options, and quite frankly, I do not notice the difference in the texture or feel of the seats - but do notice the aroma of the leather in the car over the MBtex seats on my 2011.
All in all, the greatest improvement is in the transmission (smoother gear shifts and more responsive with the changes they made) and the engine is gutsier and significantly more responsive. I LOVE MY NEW CAR and I know anyone who gets one will feel the same as I.