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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1845 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [trastevere]
Feb 18, 2013 (7:38 am)
You are going to love your new car. But the 2014 E-class is a design refresh. The next-generation E-class will arrive in 2015. And unless you forgot to list some additional options, the $13,000+ addition to the base price seems high.
I just got off the phone with my sales manager at my dealership whom I know personally. He tells me that there won't be a body change in 2015! He said the Mercedes Benz marketing and sales people were at his dealership last week for meetings about upcoming vehicles. The question about the E Class overhaul which was originally scheduled for 2015 has been moved back because of the more than 4500 new parts and changes being made to the 2014. Normally it would have been a refresh, but this was more than just a refresh.
Dashboard is almost a duplicate of of the 2013 CLS 550. Electric steering; ECO start/stop, foot release for trunk, thicker and more comfortable seats, 7" display (was 6"), new air vents, new lighting front and rear, addition of 100% LED lighting package, entirely new front end for sport model, entirely new sheet metal for rear quarter panels, completely new ambient lighting, increased use of natural woods, to name a few.
The most recent info puts the revamp of the E Class in 2016 or 2017.
That's what I have available at this juncture.
Production on the 2014's begins after March 3rd. My car is scheduled for production between March 15-31. Release date for the 2014's is tentatively scheduled for May 1, 2013.
#1846 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [abacomike]
Feb 19, 2013 (6:24 am)
Mike.....that sounds like a sweet car. Can't wait until you get it to hear about it.
Would love to get my hands on your "nearly new" trade-ins" sometime.
#1847 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [graphicguy]
Feb 19, 2013 (9:18 am)
Would love to get my hands on your "nearly new" trade-ins" sometime.
All it takes is a one way trip down to south Florida, graphicguy. The one I have now is a Diamond White 2013 with natural beige leather, Premium 2 Pkg, rear spoiler, AMG Wheel Pkg, Lane Keeping and Blinds Spot Pkg., Wood/Leather Sport Steering wheel, Wheel Locks, Rear Comfort Box (in trunk), MSRP was $65,000.00. I have 4,500 miles on it and by the time the new one gets here, it will probably be closer to 6000 miles.
I expect him to give me about $51,000 for the trade - the car has no dings, scratches, etc. and is actually showroom condition. I usually make out better with a trade since I don't pay sales tax on the trade - saves me about $3000 in taxes. I would have to sell it for $54,000 to break even. A new one just like the one I have is selling for $57,500 (assuming conquest incentives).
So I usually just trade them since they give me top trade value for the cars I trade each year and then sell them almost immediately on their lot and make a few thousand for themselves.
I was up to the dealership this morning for a carwash and reviewed the order they placed. It will be the perfect car for me assuming I like what I see. If I don't like it, I will just keep this one.
#1848 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [abacomike]
Feb 19, 2013 (11:50 am)
Mike....sounds like a sweet car. If I were in the market, I'd fly down, write you a check, and take a coupe of days to drive home.
#1850 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [graphicguy]
Feb 19, 2013 (7:17 pm)
That pull ahead program is for leased vehicles only, unfortunately. As for special incentives like they mention, you can't use those in conjunction with USAA BUYING SERVICE, which is a $2000 below invoice deal - and I can use my $1000 Mercedes Club bonus with USAA. So I make out better the way I do it - requires the dealer to sell me the car below invoice.
I'm hoping there will be some additional incentives to bring in E Class owners to trade their E's on the newly revamped E.
My dealer ( I work with the GM ) is always up front with me on every incentive I can qualify for.
My fingers are crossed this time for the loyalty incentive from Mercedes Brnz Credit.
Thanks for the info, GG
#1851 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [abacomike]
Feb 20, 2013 (6:41 am)
Mike...I had read on several occasions that BMW and Mercedes were in a fight to gain market share in the U.S. Heated competition is always good for the consumer.
Is it in "bad taste" to ask your dealer for the VIP money from Mercedes?
#1852 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [graphicguy]
Feb 20, 2013 (9:03 am)
Is it in "bad taste" to ask your dealer for the VIP money from Mercedes
No, not with the relationship that I have with my dealership. But, you cannot combine certain incentives with other incentives. As I mentioned before, I can combine the USAA "below invoice price" with the Mercedes Benz Club of America Coupon for $1000. I can also combine the Mercedes Benz Financial Services Loyalty incentive (if it becomes available again) with the other two incentives. But you cannot combine any other incentives or discounts with those three.
When I traded in my Lexus (which I hated) for the 2013 Mercedes, I did not take the conquest incentive because I made out better with the USAA pricing below invoice plus Mercedes Benz Club coupon.
When my car comes in from Germany in late April, he will probably consider the VIP incentive, but I will still do better with USAA pricing, depending upon the pricing incentives they have available on the 2014's. Sometimes, at the beginning of a new model year, they give an amount below MSRP as their incentive, so the VIP incentive would be better for me. Whatever I do better with, that is what he gives me.
He does not mind selling me cars for very small profits or no profits because I send him so much business - besides, he always has a very good customer - according to him, his best customer.
We'll see what happens - I won't know until late April.
Feb 21, 2013 (11:35 am)
Never checked in here for advice before I made the move, but I recently leased a 2013 E350 Bluetec a few days ago. My first ever lease. I had been tempted a week earlier by a special sitting on the showroom floor - a P1 pano Bluetec with a $489 lease sign in the window, but with $3750 down. I really wanted P2, and a different color (special car is black on black).
I now have a white on black car with P2/pano/parktronic/lane tracking/power outlet/folding seat/spoiler. MSRP over 63K, they gave me a fair price for my old car, I threw in $3500 from that, payment is ~$570 + tax, 24 months, 10K/yr (I live close to work). I hope that's a fair deal, seemed to be cheaper than anything I had seen so far. I know they are blowing out these cars for the upcoming facelift, but I like the quad light design more.
#1854 of 2218 Re: 2014 MERCEDES BENZ E350 SPORT SEDAN [abacomike]
Mar 25, 2013 (5:45 pm)
I am looking at ordering a 2014 E350, but my dealer has no info, no delivery, nothing. Have you confirmed that yours has been built. I have a couple friends who just returned from Germany where they took delivery of a 2013 E350 Wagon and they said the 2014's were not in production yet - that was last week - they were at the plant!
Also, I am interested in the Diamond White, but have never seen one. Is it more Ivory than White?