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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#818 of 2212 Re: E-Class Luxury vs. Sport sedan? [bacolod]
Mar 06, 2011 (9:10 pm)
I don't usually post on forums, but thought I'd provide some info on a 2011 E350 lease for 33 months from a dealer in Buena Park, CA. This car is in addition to a 2008 E350 we bought about a year ago from the same dealer. Our salesperson (the best in OC), Arnold was again very helpful. Like many of you, I simply can't stand haggling for hours which is why I decided to forego the two mega-dealers in south Orange County, CA. One wants to convince that you should pay more, and the other gave me the impression they like to grind a deal to dirt. Alternately, the Buena Park dealer gave me the price on the phone in trust that I'd show up, which I did and the price was the same. In summary, P1 pkg with Pano roof, sell price under $50k on a $55365 MSRP. Truecar.com and Carsdirect were higher!
Once you get the price/payment, understand there's other items that remain, which is why a low price is manditory on these cars. I opted for the pre-paid service (at a discount) and also the wear & tear protection (just over $600), both of which were worth the added cost because the wear & tear protection may seem like a profit gambit, but once Susan in finance explained the idea behind it in regards to the cost being less than the cost of an OEM windshield if there's a crack/chip, it was worthwhile. The last thing I want to do is be arm-twisted later to either buy another MB or possibly enter a lengthy arguement over what's "normal" wear & tear. Understand these cars have a "circle of life" in that the bigger picture for Mercedes Finance and the dealer network is to recover well-maintained cars to sell in the secondary CPO market. Cars with wheel damage, window chips, bald tires, etc, will cause the lessee to be subject to possible added out-of-pocket costs because the resale market is extremely competitive to sell these cars. I also bought the service package at a discount good for the life of the lease. Again, seems cheesy, but for me the pre-pay gets the cost out of the way now vs. taking a chance on paying more later (convenience factor).
In general, for those trying to calc a lease payment, please understand the acquisition fee and the return fee must be added to the lease. On short-term leases that can add $40+/mo which may explain why people believe the dealer is charging more than what's calculated at home. Suggest downloading a lease calculator that prompts for these costs.
For those in the LA and Orange County areas of Southern CA, call Arnold at the Buena Park store, and ask for Mark to help in sales management, and Susan in finance. As a final thought, the audio system in the 2011 E350 is absolutely astounding, which is important for me, plus the ambient lighting is such a cool feature in the interior. Did not know that existed until a night test drive. Plus, the voice activated command center really does respond without re-saying the command. Plus, for anyone with the prior style like me, the 2011 is a huge upgrade.
#819 of 2212 Re: e350 4-Matic Price [indyg]
Mar 08, 2011 (8:38 am)
I just bought in NCal, 4-Matic with premium 1,2,para. Roof, sport wheel upgrade, with park tronic. Only $55300.
Only took me 20 min. talk to get that price, shouldn't be that hard.
#820 of 2212 Re: e350 4-Matic Price [sharpshark]
Mar 08, 2011 (9:06 pm)
can you tell me the dealer you got this deal from. i am looking for the same package.
#821 of 2212 Re: e350 4-Matic Price [norcal6]
Mar 09, 2011 (2:43 pm)
I got it from the Mercedes at Pleasanton CA.
Look for the sales names Fred, he is a very nice guy, and the best sales there.
#822 of 2212 Re: e350 4-Matic Price [sharpshark]
Mar 09, 2011 (6:06 pm)
thanks sharpshark. i live nearby there. so it is perfect for me.
#823 of 2212 E350 March 2011 price
Mar 13, 2011 (8:11 pm)
Bought E350 sport sedan with P1, wheel pkg, rear spoiler etc. MSRP 56355, paid 48700 + taxes. Just wanted to check if this a reasonable deal for SF Bay area....
#824 of 2212 Re: E350 March 2011 price [sfbayhs]
Mar 15, 2011 (8:06 pm)
Can you tell me which dealer in the Bay Area? Any suggestions in negotiating and which dealers to avoid. Thanks.
#825 of 2212 Re: E350 March 2011 price [dyc3]
Mar 16, 2011 (6:48 pm)
Autobahn Motors. I did all my negotiation over email. Didn't have to haggle too much, their starting point was quite reasonable. Tried some other dealers in the south bay, but they wouldn't send quotes by email and wanted to discuss over phone.
#826 of 2212 Re: E350 March 2011 price [sfbayhs]
Mar 17, 2011 (12:37 pm)
Thanks for info. Notice prices on Autobahn site are MSRP. Did they provide better pricing when request for ePrice? Did you also receive any other special/promo? Did you try Pleasanton? I am planning to purchase.
#827 of 2212 Re: E350 March 2011 price [dyc3]
Mar 17, 2011 (4:16 pm)
Once you send in an enquiry, one of the Internet sales managers will contact you by email/phone, and you can get price quotes from them based on the options you select. There are a few incentives available -- loyalty (for current MB owners), fleet discount (depending on your employer), competitor incentive (if you currently own a competitor vehicle such as Lexus, Acura etc). You can't combine incentives, so you pick the best one.