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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1458 of 2217 Re: Great car!!! [lawcar]
Jan 08, 2012 (11:54 pm)
David, sounds like you are extremely happy with your new Mercedes. My 2011 was black with almond - very distinguished and rich looking - but I just disliked having to wash it twice a week to keep it looking great.
I agree with your analogy regarding the BMW being a luxury sports car and the Mercedes being a sporty luxury car. Having owned both, the Beemer handled sportier, however the interior of the Mercedes is richer and more luxuriously refined.
Have you noticed the difference In sound systems? I don't know if you had the upgraded one in your 528i, but if you did, I sure would like to hear your assessment.
Your post was right on target.
#1459 of 2217 Re: I LOVE this car!! [bevbran]
Jan 09, 2012 (12:16 am)
Thanks for the technology behind the the HD vs. CD. It gives some perspective as to why HD FM sounds so much better than Sirius.
What I also noticed on most of the HD stations down here in Florida (we have at least 20 HD FM stations in the greater Ft. Lauderdale - Miami area) is that 6 or 7 of those stations have "multiple" HD bands. To find out which stations have HD1 and HD2 frequencies (1 or 2 of them also have an HD 3 frequency) you need to manually tune the radio to the right (clockwise) one notch. If there are additional HD frequencies, it will immediately show it. Those that have more than 1 HD frequency have different music genres. For example, down here on 93.1, which is easy listening light rock on HD 1, but HD 2 is a bit "harder rock" in its genre. The same is true on 102.3 - HD1 is Oldies and HD 2 is more modern rock. I believe this is further explained in the manual. I just recently discover this last year. It's like having 2 or 3 stations on one frequency. Try it out in your city to find out which ones have more than one HD frequency.
Jan 10, 2012 (9:53 am)
What would be the best deal right now on purchase.
I will be trading in my 2005 Audi A6
My local dealer in Las Vegas offered invoice price plus extra $1,000 Conquest for trading my Audi.
I am looking at Cuprite brown Metallic
Premium 2 Package
Rear window sunshades
#1461 of 2217 Re: E 350 SPORT [konradlv]
Jan 10, 2012 (10:16 am)
First, I believe conquest incentives are usually $2000 on a 2012 E350 sedan. You might want to check this out with another dealership. There are several scenarios as to why only $1000:
(1) There is no conquest incentive but he is willing to sell you a car for $1000 over invoice
(2) There is a $2000 conquest incentive, but only wants to give up $1000
(3) The conquest incentive "is" $1000
I always recommend that at least 2 dealers are contacted.
Second, if he is willing to sell you one for $1000 over, then what is he giving you for your trade? This is where dealerships make up for low pricing. Check out the true "trade-in value" of your trade at several sites and dealers to ensure you are getting a fair trade value. Also check to see if selling your car privately works out better for you than trading it. If Nevada has a sales tax, so long as you get at least the difference between sales tax you would have to pay vs. sales tax you safe by trading car.
Also make sure you discuss the 1.9% financing (could be lower than 1.9 since their buy rate is .9%).
Finally, considering the fact that available incentives are few, $1000 over invoice would be a good deal, but make sure you've offered the dealer a $500 over deal. If you are a veteran, you may be able to qualify for USAA pricing, or even if a father, mother, brother or evens son served.
I hope this helps you out.
#1462 of 2217 Conquest rebate qualifications
Jan 10, 2012 (10:51 am)
Does the Mercedes conquest rebate require that you trade in the competive luxury car?
#1463 of 2217 Re: Conquest rebate qualifications [kevinc5]
Jan 10, 2012 (11:06 am)
From my understanding, so long as you can show "proof" that you currently own or lease a qualifying vehicle, that would satisfy the requirements for the conquest incentive. Thus, you do not have to "trade-in the owned vehicle or terminate the current lease". Registration of vehicle showing your name on the registration should be sufficient.
That is how conquest incentives usually work.
#1464 of 2217 Re: Conquest rebate qualifications [abacomike]
Jan 10, 2012 (11:44 am)
That's correct. You show them the registration certificate on the vehicle that is being conquered.
#1465 of 2217 Re: Conquest rebate qualifications [lawcar]
Jan 10, 2012 (11:48 am)
I believe you only have to show them the insurance card....on the other hand, I didn't show them anything; they just assumed that since I drove in in an Infiniti M37 that I qualified. I could have borrowed the car from a fried.
#1466 of 2217 Re: Conquest rebate qualifications [ghstudio]
Jan 10, 2012 (12:14 pm)
What surprises me ghstudio is that the dealer "must" submit documentation to Mercedes Benz that you qualified when they "RDR" the new car to Mercedes Benz. "RDR" is the process whereby the car is officially recorded sold and reported as such so that the MSO can be released to the state so that title can be recorded.
If it was found that a dealer improperly reported the sale by falsifying the fact that the customer qualified for a particular manufacturers incentive, that dealer could be forced to pay a penalty or, if repeated such infraction could be forced to relinquish his franchise rights.
I would be willing to bet that one way or another, the fact that you owned or leased that M37 was in fact submitted to MBUSA at the time of the RDR. A dealer would be foolish to jeopardize his franchise and/or suffer penalties for the sake of making a sale. When I was in the business, our assurance personnel (title clerks and finance managers and/or our controller) would "kick back" the deal to sales if any of the documentation was missing.
#1467 of 2217 Hope I received a good deal
Jan 10, 2012 (12:24 pm)
Picked up my 2012 E 350 Jan 3rd. We were the last ones to leave the building. Cuprite Brown with Chestnut leather interior. Retailed at $66,785. Got it for 60K flat. Probably could have done better but was on vacation in FL and couldn't negotiate like I wanted to being out of state.
P2 package. Special order leather and paint. The wood leather 3 spoke steering wheel is sweet! Sports package and Top of the line Driver Assistance Package. My local dealer in Union didn't seem like it had the incentive plans the dealer in Paramus, NJ was offering. I would have gladly paid another thousand or so just to being closer to the house but the local dealer was trying to sell me a 2011 e350 for 58,500 with 4% financing. We got 1.9% a new car with lots more options. Getting my spoiler put on tomorrow. If I had the whole thing to do again I'd ask the local dealer to match the deal.
The car is just a jewel. It's smooth as butter. Power that I'll probably never use considering me and the wife are expecting a baby. Handling is precise and when I'm in the car I swear it's like I'm in my living room. That comfortable and quiet. Test drove Audi and Cadillac and BMW... It's definitely the grown up of the bunch. I'm glad I got this color because I'm seeing a bunch of new E 350's on the road now. Mercedes Benz is back!