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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1658 of 2218 Re: Current Loyalty or Conquest Doscounts? [ghstudio]
Mar 02, 2012 (8:27 pm)
To become a member of USAA, either you or an immediate family member must either be currently in the armed forces or be a veteran! In my case, my father is a veteran. So he signed up to become a member. Once he was a member, with a member #, I was able to become a member as his son. I then received my own membership #. Then, in order to be eligible for their new car buying service, my dad or I had to have a policy of some sort or have a checking or savings account with them. At the time, my dad took out a small insurance policy on his star sapphire ring, worth $250. It cost him $25 for the policy. I then became eligible through his membership and the fact that one of us was a policy holder.
If you are a veteran or you dad or mom was a veteran, you can join. Even if your son/daughter is active or are veterans, you can qualify by them joining, and then you join under their membership.
THE BEST THING TO DO IS CALL THEM MONDAY MORNING (their phone number is on the site for customer service) AND THEY WILL WALK YOU THROUGH IT THE WAY THEY WALKED US THROUGH IT.
We will retain the policy as it saves me $2000+ on each purchase BELOW INVOICE.
If you are not eligible, see what would happen if you purchased an auto policy with them - to see if you could qualify for their new car buying service that way. I tried to get an auto policy with them, but down here in Broward County FL, their rates were twice what I pay with Liberty Mutual through Mercedes Benz.
#1659 of 2218 Re: buying stradigy [bimlover]
Mar 05, 2012 (10:52 am)
They are right, you would have to buy it there. Keyes owns the dealership with the car, Autonation (company I work for) ownes House of Imports. Now, if you said MB South Bay, then they could do trades with House of Imports, just like the other 250+ dealers owned by Autonation.
#1660 of 2218 Re: buying stradigy [mbenz805]
Mar 05, 2012 (1:38 pm)
I did not know that Autonation had dealers in Southern California. The Mercedes dealer I buy all my Mercedes Benz vehicles from is also Autonation owned. Here in southeast Florida, they have many, many Mercedes dealerships. They own MB of Coconut Creek, Pompano, Ft. Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Miami and Delray. That's 6 huge dealerships all within 45 miles of each other. They sure have cornered this market. Excellent dealer organization and they own over 40 other dealerships down here for other makes. Maroone dealership are all owned by Autonation. Their corporate headquarters are here in Ft. Lauderdale.
Excellent people to do business with!
Mar 05, 2012 (6:12 pm)
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#1662 of 2218 Re: buying stradigy [abacomike]
Mar 05, 2012 (7:55 pm)
Autonation is OK but they do inflate the bank fee on Mercedes leases to $1095 (mercedes only charges ($795) and try to push their own service policy vs the mercedes one. I haven't found them any better or worse than other dealers. My local Autonation dealer had no clue about Multiple Security Deposits. I'd say they are no better/worse than most other dealers.
#1663 of 2218 2013 E400 Hybrid
Mar 12, 2012 (3:31 pm)
I was just reading the March-April "The Star" (bi-monthly Mercedes Benz Club of America magazine) and saw a brief article on the new hybrids from Mercedes (p. 18). The E400, due for release in the 3rd quarter of 2012 as a 2013, will have a V6 engine, 302 horsepower (same as the current 2012 non-hybrid V6) and is expected to consume fuel 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Will have lithium-ion batteries.
My question is this: why pay a premium for a hybrid that delivers about the same mpg's as the current non-hybrid? I'm getting 21 around town and 32 on the highway now. I would imagine/guess that the E hybrid will cost at least $4000 - $6000 more than the non-hybrid. So where is the savings?
#1664 of 2218 Re: 2013 E400 Hybrid [abacomike]
Mar 13, 2012 (11:01 am)
Many of us think that Mercedes US made a big mistake by not offering a diesel hybrid which would have been much more efficient. We are stuck with this 1/2 hybrid instead.....and you're right, unless you are making an environmental statement, it will be a poor choice.
#1665 of 2218 Re: 2013 E400 Hybrid [ghstudio]
Mar 13, 2012 (2:39 pm)
I am not really sold on hybrids at this point in my life. I've mentioned here before that I believe the future of personal vehicles and the energy to power them lies in HYDROGEN and hydrogen fuel cell technology. We are probably 10 or so years away from expanded use of this as a power source for automobiles. The major hold-ups in this technology are safety in it's practical use (flammability of hydrogen) and in mass production of hydrogen in fuel cell form.
We have an almost inexhaustible supply of hydrogen in the form of water and the byproduct of hydrogen combustion is mostly in the form of water vapor. I know that BMW has been pursuing hydrogen fuel cell technology and currently has a small test fleet of hydrogen powered 750i's in California and several other locales around the globe.
Let's hope we live to see this come to pass in our lifetimes.
#1666 of 2218 extented warranties
Mar 24, 2012 (7:14 am)
I ON THE E BOARD BECAUSE THE S BOARD IS NOT VERY ACTIVE. ANYWAY, I BOUGHT A 2009 S550 YESTERDAY. WHAT A BEAUTY! IT HAS 25,000 MILES ON IT AND IT IS CERTIFIED UNTIL FEB. 2014. THE FINANCE MANAGER LITERALLY HOUNDED ME ABOUT BUYING THE ADDITIONAL EX. WARR. (2YR.&135K MILES). I SAID MAYBE LATER. FOUR YEARS FROM NOW, I WILL ONLY HAVE ONLY 65,000 MILES ON IT(ACCORDING TO MY DRIVING HABITS).WHAT DO YOU SAY? THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY.
#1667 of 2218 Re: extented warranties [bimlover]
Mar 25, 2012 (3:25 am)
I think it depends upon the cost. To extend the warranty to 4 more years and 135k miles is great (2 years more than you have now). First of all, it must be a MERCEDES BENZ extended warranty, not a second party warranty. Next, I would be willing to pay $1200 - $1400 for the additional 2 years and peace of mind. But make sure you are going to keep the car for 4 years.
Next, is the warranty transferrable to the next owner if you decide to sell or trade the car before the end of the warranty.
Finally, it's up to you. Even though you do not drive that much, if you should have a system failure or a breakdown caused by an unknown failure, it could cost upwards of $5000 to repair and/or identify. This is a Mercedes, not a Ford, so maintenance alone is 5-10 times more costly than a Ford or Chevy. Just imagine the cost of a new a/c compressor or a power steering unit.
Remember, it's just buying you peace of mind!