I was thinking about buying a 2005 ML350 and noticed that MB no longer
offers free scheduled maintenance. This may not be a big deal (I don't plan
on paying the dealer $300 for an oil change, fluid fills, wiper refills and
a once over)
Anyway, I plan on visiting the dealer this Friday but I just had a thought -
Does anyone know if free scheduled maintenance is still available with the
2004 models left on the lot?
And has anyone heard of discounts on the 2004's? My dealer is a list price
place. If you don't like it you can drive 90 miles (and probably get the
Spoke to my dealer yesterday -
Offered a $2000 factory contribution (not a rebate) towards a 2004 plus 2.9%
Only problem was the didn't offer me enough on my trade - $20K
2001 ML 320
Very good condition (their words, not mine)
I checked the trade-in values online from Kelley ($21,465), Edmunds
($22,303) and NADA ($24,425).
Considering the dealer has an identical (except for color) 2001 selling for
$27800 I was hoping for a little more.
One interesting thing - the salesman mentioned an 18 month lease on a 2005
which at the end of, you trade the vehicle in for the redesigned 2006 model
with little to no financial impact. I didn't ask for details since I didn't
plan on consummating a deal based on their trade offer.
BTW, they called me several hours later to increase the trade in by $1000.
I have two 2004 models (S430 and E320) and scheduled maintenece is included.
As for discounts, the dealers usually begin discounting around July/August,
depending on inventory and demand. Though you may find some now.
Thomas J. Paladino
New York City
Full Maintenance is still provided on all 2004 models left on the lot, but
MB is dropping that for 2005. I know because I just purchased a 2005 c320
somewhat redesigned for '05 and he said that dropping the maintenance was
mercedes answer to rising prices. He said instead of a across the board
price increase they instead dropped the full maintenance. Just save up for
that oil change because they will sock it to you! New models a oil change
goes for about 250.00!
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