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#31 of 50 2008 Lease
Dec 12, 2007 (10:07 am)
I am interested in getting some perspectives on a lease for a 2008 MB S550 4Matic. The MSRP of the car is $98, 950, and has the premium III package. The lease specifics are: 39 month lease with 15K per year, with a MF of 3.00, and a $5k down payment. The residual is $49, 801. The monthly payment works out to be $1,695 per month. Is this a good deal? Thanks for the help!
#32 of 50 Re: 2008 Lease [gmannj]
Dec 20, 2007 (3:23 pm)
Make sure you deal on the purchase price, too. Shoot for $10k off MSRP. Even if you lease, the price of the car is very, very important.
#33 of 50 2008 S550 w/AMG pak pricing
Jan 17, 2008 (3:03 pm)
I'm in the market for an 08 S550. Options:
- AMG Package
- Wood/leather steering
- Power rear/side window blinds
The MSRP is $98,585 (incl. GGT). Any idea what I should pay for this? I am in Austin, TX and looking to go with MB Of Austin but have not heard too many flattering reviews about them. I'm also looking at Houston/Dallas dealerships.
I'm good at bargaining, so I should be able to get a good deal. The question is WHAT's a good deal for this car?
#34 of 50 Re: 2008 Lease [fuenfer]
Jan 17, 2008 (3:05 pm)
fuenfer - what's a good deal on the S550 I want to purchase? Please see my post above.
#35 of 50 2005 S500 Need Advice Please
Jan 18, 2008 (2:54 am)
I am considering buying a 2005 S500 Designo Edition with 62 thousand miles.It is a one owner lease car. Can anyone give me some feedback? Do I sat away? Problem areas? Expensive to maintain? Reliability? Is this a good year for this model? What is a good price to pay for this car? Please, advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
#36 of 50 S class pondering
Mar 06, 2008 (11:53 am)
I currently own a 2003 E-320, new in January 2003. I have thoroughly enjoyed this car, only 25k miles on it. At service another customer said the S is so superior to the E there is no comparison. Well, that created interest! Setting the purchase price aside, anyone out there made this kind of fleetup? Opinions?
#37 of 50 Great car, poor service
May 20, 2008 (1:19 pm)
The following might be helpful for people considering getting an S class and are not familiar with MB customer service.
About two months ago I leased a 2008 S63 (first time Mercedes customer). Several days ago, the A/C compressor quit working and I took the car to the dealer for repairs. It appears that the compressor has to be ordered from Germany and it may take 2-3 weeks to finish the repair on top of the 5 days the car's been at the dealership. The dealership is not willing to provide a comparable loaner. Their offer is either a C or an E class. They are also not willing to overnight the compressor from Germany. So, I have to wait a month for my car and basically pay $2500 (my monthly lease payment) to drive the E350 instead. I know Lexus would give you the same model as yours for a loaner.
I thought I'd try calling MB customer service. Their response was that as long as the loaner was a Mercedes vehicle not much else they can do. When asked about expediting getting the replacement compressor, the guy said he will try to help me out as if doing me a favor (will update on that later). Well, I think I'll do myself a favor and go with a different brand the next time I decide to get a $140k car.
#38 of 50 Re: Great car, poor service [technar]
May 20, 2008 (6:07 pm)
Hi. This is a first time I heard from a S63 owner.
Well I am surprised its 1 of the top end benz model you should get some respect.
My uncle bought a S class 3 or 4 months back not the amg version
No problems at all......
What car did you own previously before getting the s63?
Any experience in other brand or suvs.
Yes lexus is a very reliable car without any kinds of trouble I don't think you will have any problems with lexus thats the reason why lexus has had such an amazing reputation since many years.
From what I keep reading from other posts german cars are amazing to drive the best road feel fun to drive but when you have those troubles again and again you tend to forget about all the good things.
I think its true as some1 said benz bmw audi jag are all great luxury cars but a RISKY buy
I like suvs and I think BMW suvs are amazing but those troubles really scares me to get a german car.
I hope to get a reply from you.
#39 of 50 Re: Great car, poor service [technar]
May 21, 2008 (1:59 am)
That really is unfortunate. I'd say the E-loaner would be fine if they were willing to "eat" your monthly payment, or at least pro-rate it for the duration your vehicle is out of comission.
Hard to believe that there is not a single S demo they could let you drive for a few weeks???
I don't blame you for wanting to switch brands.
In this case, you might want to throw some of your clout out there and emphasize the fact that your are indeed driving a $140k automobile. Not a big fan of the ego, but a little bit of a "do you know who I am" attitude might get somebody's attention on this matter.
#40 of 50 Re: Great car, poor service [bmlexus]
May 21, 2008 (2:35 am)
Just turned my A8L in after the lease term has ended. My wife drives a 750Li. Both the A8 and the S63 are great cars. I was going to get the S8, but it seems that Audi's residual value is worthless at the moment. I think the 750 is inferior to both in terms of interior and especially the iDrive thing (clearly designed by engineers instead of designers). Never had any problems with the A8. 750 ran out of oil within about 10k miles (was nearly empty when we got to the dealer), no other issues.
I don't mind that the compressor broke down that much. I'm sure it's not a common issue. But I never expected this level of "service" from Mercedes.
Lexus makes great cars and I did look at the new LS, but it just seems like this is a car for a much older crowd. S63 is a blast to drive. I've gone up against several Porsche and some guys on crotch rockets and was able to keep up just fine (I'm not very experienced). Just feels like a big let down from MB over a minor issue such as this.
I did mention the payment. The dealer sends me to MB. MB sends me back to the dealer As far as an S class demo car, I asked about that too. Since MB does not make it a requirement to match the loaner model with yours, the dealership does not have to cooperate (I guess they don't believe in repeat business). Speaking of the dealership, the one in question is Keyes Mercedes (Keyes European) in Van Nuys California. I would recommend avoiding it at this point. The whole thing just seems weird. I own a business myself and I would never dream of treating my customers this way.
Anyway, enough crying Just wanted to share my experience. I hope it may help someone in the future. I think my next car will be an R8. Audi just seems to be a better company and the R8 has got to be a great car.