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Mercedes Benz GLK250 BlueTEC Diesel Video! Great Gas Mileage and Long Engine Life… Classic Mercedes Diesel

Click on the 2013 Mercedes Benz GLK250 BlueTEC diesel video above to see a walk around of the new diesel GLK . These  long awaited GLK diesels have started to arrive at dealer showrooms! While they have just 200 horsepower they pack a whopping 369 ft./Lbs. of torque… all from a miserly turbo charged inline 4 cylinder engine capable of well over 30mpg on the highway.

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How do those horsepower and torque numbers match up, what do they mean? Consider the fact that a 2013 Mercedes E350 produces 302 horsepower, but has just 273 Ft./Lbs. of torque… with

The EPA estimates printed on the window sticker show 24mpg city 33mpg highway with a combined number of 28mpg. Chances are you’ll get closer to 40mpg with cruise control on the highway.

This particular car is Pebble Grey with a black interior and very well equipped. It has the P1 Package (Premium 1 Package), Multimedia Package, Lighting Package, Lane Tracking Package as well as KEYLESS GO and a number of other stand alone options.

The response to these vehicles has been great so far… hopefully supply will keep up with demand.

Have a look at the engine detail video I took just a few minutes after this one, it will give you a look under the hood at the 4 cylinder inline, turbo charged engine. Link to that video on Youtube here.

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Difference Between the Mercedes Benz Premium 1 Package (P01 Package) and Premium 2 Package (P02 Package) Contents Explained

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A 2013 E350 4matic equipped with the P2 Package, note the KEYLESS-GO button, heated seats and rear window sunshade buttons.

Mercedes Benz, like many other automobile manufacturers bundle common options for their vehicles into packages. Mercedes-Benz has used their Premium Package line up over the last 5 years or so as their container for large bundles of various options, rather than being a set of options for a specific purpose.

Some manufacturers have a ‘Sport Package’ with specific options like tuned suspension and bigger wheels or a ‘Winter Package’ with a heated steering wheel and heated seats and exterior mirrors. Mercedes has similar packages, but their most common option packages are the Premium Packages.

Mercedes-Benz Premium Packages bundle common amenities that have historically high ‘take rates’ by buyers, things most people want in their cars. Mercedes Benz offers a Premium 1 Package, Premium 2 Package and in some cases, a Premium 3 Package. They’re generally abbreviated as P1 Package, P2 Package and P3 Package. For this article we will be exploring the contents of the P1 and P2 Packages on the 2013 model year Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan.

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Window sticker of a moderately equipped 2013 E350 4matic sedan with the P01 Package (Premium 1 Package).

It’s important to realize that Premium Package contents vary by vehicle class with Mercedes-Benz, and even within body style within class. The E class sedan’s P1 Package is different than the E class wagon’s P1 Package and the E class Cabriolet’s Package is different than both of those. To further complicate things, the P1 Package often changes slightly on each class and model every single year, so there is a lot to keep track of, especially if you’re considering a Certified Pre Owned vehicle… the 2010 will have a different P1 Package than the 2011.

2013 Mercedes Benz E class Premium 1 Package (P01 Package):

  • COMAND with hard-drive-based navigation, 3D maps, 10GB Music Register and MB Apps compatibility
  • harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround-sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Gracenote media databaseand iPod / MP3 media interface
  • SiriusXM Radio, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Weather (with 6 mo service)
  • Enhanced Voice Control for audio, phone and navigation
  • Rearview camera
  • Active multicontour driver seat (E63 only)
  • Heated and Active Ventilated front seats (heated seats standard on E550; package adds Active Ventilated front seats)
  • Heated front seats (E350 and E400 only)
  • Power rear window sunshade

What does the Premium 1 Package cost?
E350 / E400 Hybrid: $4,000
E550: $4,450
E63 AMG: Standard

One interesting piece of information that most people are surprised by when I tell them… I have probably seen hundreds of 2013 E classes, I have NEVER seen one without the Premium 1 Package. Some people say they don’t need or want navigation, I don’t need the upgraded sound system, I want a ‘base E class’ (usually in order to keep the price of the car down, in the end, it’s always about money). They simply don’t exist… or at least they don’t exist in very large numbers because very few people want such a basic car. If you do want a non P1 Package car, your best bet is to place a factory order for it, build it as you want it and hope you never have to trade it in or sell it as a used car because it will be a tough sell indeed.

As far as the Premium 2 Package goes… the P02 package always includes everything in the P01 Package plus some other things.

2013 Mercedes Benz E class Premium 2 Package (P02 Package):

  • Bi-Xenon headlamps with Active Curve Illumination, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, headlamp washing system and corner-illuminating front lamps
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • Electronic-trunk closer

 

P02 Package Cost:
E350 / E400 Hybrid: $6,450
E550: $6,900
E63 AMG: Standard

There are the packages, but what if you want the KEYLESS-GO option but you don’t need the entire P02 Package? Some options are available as stand alone options, KEYLESS-GO for the 2013 E class happens to be one of them, so it is possible to get a P01 Package car with KEYLESS-GO as a stand alone option, it save you about $1,500. There are other such examples of stand alone options that come bundled in other Premium Packages, some classes offer a special Lighting Package which will give you Bi-Xenon head lamps, unrelated to the P02 Package. Again, there are always exceptions and if you dig all the way into it, things can get complicated quickly.

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The rear view camera peeks out from under the trunk lip near the rear license plate on this 2013 E350 4matic sedan, another component to the P01 Package.

A short, in person visit to a dealership with a row of new E classes to look at will make your life easier. If you don’t want to be ‘bothered’ by a salesperson, visit a dealership after hours. If you just walk down a row of new cars, look at the window stickers, see how the cars are actually built and optioned, the smoke will clear for you very quickly. You can spend forever on mbusa.com building your ideal car, but you’ll be disappointed when you call a dealer only to find that you’ve built a unicorn that doesn’t exist in any dealer inventory. This is extremely common, people submit the exact car they’ve built online to me via email and, in most cases, there is an easier, better or cheaper way to get what they want on a car without having to also pay for a bunch of stuff they don’t really want.

I’ve never cared for ‘base price’ advertising with cars… you can say an E class ‘starts at $53,500 (per the window sticker above), but if I’ve never seen an E class without the $4,000 P01 Package, and they all get the ‘destination and delivery’ charge added to them… any E class you’d actually want to own is $58,000+ in 2013.

In the end, it depends upon each potential owner… what do you, the guy who’s about to buy a $60,000+ car want? Are you looking for the best deal (read, cheapest car), do you want what you want, exactly how you want it? Maybe a factory order is best for you then. Try a European delivery if you want. If you want a nicely equipped car that makes sense, you can usually find it in your local dealer’s inventory. If they don’t have what you want, they can probably perform a ‘locate’ or ‘dealer trade’, they can find what you want and truck it in for you, but remember, the ‘best deal’ is always on what’s in stock… Mercedes-Benz will make you a pink E class with gold plated wheels if you want them to, with money, you can buy anything… but for most of us, a P01 Package E class is all the car we’ll ever need.

I am beginning to compile a comprehensive list of all the Premium 1  and Premium 2 Package contents for the most common Mercedes-Benz vehicle classes starting with the 2008 model year. I will add them to the blog soon.

 

Used Mercedes SL500 Prices

2006 Mercedes Benz SL500 Local Two Owner Car – Iridium Silver w/ Black Leather Just 14,510 Original Miles!

Used Mercedes SL500 Prices

This 2006 SL500 was just traded in here at Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz. This is an Iridium Silver example with black leather interior, heated  and ventilated seats, navigation all the usual amenities you’d expect from a Mercedes-Benz SL.

This car was purchased new here at Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz, it was then traded in by its only owner when their new 2013 SL550 arrived from Germany. Another one of our customers purchased the car just days before it was traded in back in May… he just traded it in this week. So, why, you ask, would someone buy a car in May and trade it in in August… Was there something wrong with it? Didn’t they like the car?
Used Mercedes SL500 Prices

The gentleman who purchased it in May and traded it in last week got it as a ‘tide me over’ car… his 2013 SL550 was on order and hadn’t arrived yet, so, he wanted a Mercedes-Benz Roadster for the Summer. This car fit the bill, so he bought it. His new R231 body style car arrived here last week, so he traded the 2006 back in… super low miles, Just over 14,500.

Sears Imports Stock# 66414A, priced right to sell today at less than half its original MSRP… your today for just $41,900.

CLS63 AMG designo Mystic White

Featured Video! 2007 Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG designo Mystic White 30,745 One Owner Miles Just $48,900

CLS63 AMG designo Mystic White

So I’m finally getting into the video thing here on Dave Knows Cars (WAY LATE to this party!)… sure, they’re a little shaky and I’m figuring it all out, but here is a video I shot this morning with my iPhone of this incredible 2007 Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG. While in the video I call the color, Diamond White Metallic, after reading the original window sticker / option list (pasted below for your reference, I saw that it is actually the extremely rare designo Mystic White color with Java Exclusive Nappa Leather AMG sport seats.

This is a P2 Package car with an Alcantara headliner, PARKTRONIC, Bluetooth, KEYLESS GO, Navigation, Heated and Active Ventilated Front Seats and more. Cost new was just over $107,000. See the original window sticker / option list below.
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This is a one owner vehicle that was purchased new here at Sears Imports and owned by a local customer. It was just traded in on a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle. It has been serviced here throughout its life. It’s available today for $48,900, Sears Imports’ stock# 66121A

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InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show This Saturday, May 12th in Osseo, MN Join Twin Cities Mercedes Benz Club Members and Convoy to the Show!

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Join the Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities “Convoy to the InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show” in Osseo, MN…
This Saturday, May 12!
THE EVENT: One of the largest foreign car shows in the upper Midwest. A casual, easy, no pressure, event. From show cars to old drivers… bring a pre 1991 ‘Classic’ or a post 1991 ‘Modern Classic’ all foreign cars are welcome.
ADMISSION: FREE! But… the show organizers encourage a canned food donation as you pull in to show your car, pack a can of something, let’s help the local food shelf.
THE PLAN: If we arrive together, we’ll show our cars together as a big Mercedes Club group. Meet up with other Mercedes Club members to convoy to the show together.
MEET: Sears Imports in Minnetonka at 8:00am – 8:15, in the lot just WEST of the main Sears lot, near the big digital billboard. 13500 Wayzata Blvd in Minnetonka, Northwest corner of the intersection of I-394 and Plymouth Rd / Ridgedale Drive, across I-394 from Target Ridgedale.
DEPART: We’ll leave Sears about 8:30am to convoy North to downtown Osseo, MN. We will take Plymouth Rd / Xenium Lane all the way, about 20 – 25 minutes on leisurely back roads
Car placement begins at 9:00, show goes from 10:00am until 3:00pm, stay for an hour or stay all day, leave when you want.
CONTACT: Please RSVP to Dave Tobin via phone or email ASAP. (651) 216-1265 or dave(at)daveknowscars.com
The Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America one of the InterMarque Show Sponsors this year.
There are already 12 Mercedes Club member cars in the convoy… come join us!
2007 Mercedes G wagen

2007 Mercedes Benz G500 G Wagen for Sale! Arctic White with Grey Leather Interior, Just 34,152 Miles!

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Another G Wagen in stock at Sears Imported Autos in Minnetonka, MN! This is a 2007 G500 with just over 34,000 original miles on its odometer. 2007 marked the first year for the seven speed automatic transmission in the Mercedes-Benz G class, it’s powered by the tried and true 5.0 liter V8 turning out 292HP.

This particular vehicle was traded in with the 2011 Audi R8 by one of Sears Imports long time customers. This vehicle is in excellent condition and has been maintained over the past few years by our service department, the car was originally purchased in Kentucky, it is a clean Carfax, two owner vehicle.

Options and more photos are below for your reference… they make G wagens pretty much one way, fully loaded, so you won’t see much optional equipment on the option list. It’s equipped with everything you’d expect… Navigation, bluetooth, etc. etc. This vehicle is available today for $64,900, it’s stock# 20215, please call me if you have questions or if you’d like to come in for a showing and test drive.
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Rare Trade In! 2005 Mercedes Benz G55 AMG G Wagen designo Espresso Edition For Sale Now!

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The 2005 Mercedes Bnez G55 AMG designo Espresso Edition is an extremely rare model. This one was just traded in here at Sears Imports for a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle. It’s basically a “regular G55” (if there is such a thing) with an additional $5,000 exclusive designo package which includes a special light brown designo interior as well as designo Mocha Black exterior paint… all of that with 469 Horsepower under the hood, ready if summoned by your right foot.

This is a two owner vehicle with a clean Carfax vehicle history report. We sold it new to its first owner, it has since been purchased and sold two other times, always traded and re-sold here at Sears Imports, it has also been regularly maintained by our service department.

Below are a couple of photos of the interior of this vehicle as well as a copy of the original window sticker / option list for your reference. This one is available today with just over 88,000 miles on its odometer for $55,900, Sears Imports Stock# 65918A.
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Original miles, 88,226.

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Mercedes G55 designo interior

Used Mercedes SL550 alabaster white

2007 Mercedes SL550 in Alabaster White with Stone Interior Just Arrived, Only $47,900!

Used Mercedes SL550 alabaster white

This two owner Mercedes Benz SL550 in Alabaster White with stone interior just arrived here at Sears Imports Mercedes Benz in Minnetonka. It just went through our service department, it was fully inspected, serviced washed and detailed. It’s ready for retail sale and a new owner. This is a very well optioned car with the AMG Sport Package (note the cool AMG wheels), it is loaded with navigation, heated and ventilated seats, KEYLESS GO, all the usual options you’d expect from an SL550 Roadster. This car has just over 38,000 miles on its odometer.

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Non smoker, 'no smells' interior is in excellent condition.

This is a two owner car originally purchased at Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota. It was regularly serviced there. It was involved in a minor accident with its first owner when it had less than 10,000 miles on it. It was later sold to its second owner, a Minnesota resident who has a Winter place in Sarasota. They brought the car back up here to Minnesota a couple of years ago. The owner recently brought it in to Sears Imports to see if we wanted to buy it, as he was trying to ‘thin his vehicle herd”. We can never pass up a good SL, even in the late Fall with Winter coming.

This would be a good car to buy at a discount price now and store away until Spring, or, if you’re somewhere warmer than Minnesota in November, we can ship the car to you, wherever you are. White with the Stone interior is a fairly rare color combo, don’t let this one pass you by. Sears Imports stock# 20086, the price is $47,900, less than half its original MSRP!

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A Nice Pair! 1987 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth and 1993 Mercedes 500E Just Traded In at Sears Imports

Mercedes 500E 190E 2.3-16

This past Saturday a customer, and long time Mercedes Benz Club member, came in to Sears Imports and traded in these two cars on a Mercedes-Benz S class. These are two of the more rare modern Mercedes-Benz models and both are in excellent condition. I looked them over closely and drove both cars today. They both run and drive very well, I took a bunch of photos of each car in preparation for eBay auctions later in the week. These two cars need to be presented to a national audience. I took the photos here as these cars were traded in. They have not been cleaned, washed, nothing, just parked behind the dealership after being traded in on Saturday afternoon.

Let’s look at each car individually…

1987 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16
Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth

This is a very rare car, originally built to compete directly with the first BMW M3s of the 1980s. The 2.3 liter, 16 valve engine (2.3-16) was developed by Cosworth engineering for Mercedes-Benz. These cars were only offered in two different colors, Pearl Black and Smoke Silver, this car is the Pearl Black color. It is fitted with the original Recaro Sport seats. The car does appear to have been repainted in its original color at one point after my close inspection. It currently shows 187,064 miles.

Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth

This car has clearly been well cared for, but also driven. The suspension has been lowered making it an extremely good handling car. It drives straight and true, it accelerates and stops easily. The 5 speed manual transmission has the race layout you see in some high performance cars… 1st gear is down and to the left, leaving a simple “H” pattern for the other 4 gears. Call me for more info, or if you’d like to set up an appointment to come and see it.

1993 Mercedes Benz 500 E

Only 1,596 500 E models were built in 1993, they boasted 322 Horsepower and a top speed of 161 mph. This was the ultimate ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ according to the motoring press of the period.  The 500 E was created in close cooperation with Porsche. Each 500 E was hand built by Porsche, being transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany during assembly. Each example of the 500 E took a full 18 days to complete.

This particular example is silver with a black interior, both of which are in original and very clean condition. This car runs and drives perfectly, the transmission shifts smoothly, no clunking of any kind. The suspension is tight yet comfortable. Acceleration is brisk. It’s a great driving car, as nice today, with 118,169 original miles as it was when new. Huge fender flares all the way around, AMG wheels and a Lorinser spoiler, anyone in the know will understand what you’ve got when you pull up in this ‘Young Classic’ Mercedes Benz muscle car.

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“There are just some things you don’t do, and one of them is mess with another man’s vehicle” John Travolta’s Vintage Mercedes 280SL Stolen from Santa Monica Street

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It’s unusual for me to be able to work different Pulp Fiction quotes into the Dave Knows Cars blog in the same week, but with this entry, I guess I did it… from the scene when Vincent Vega (Travolta) discusses his displeasure with a vandal who keyed his car after it had been safely stored for four years while he was in Amsterdam with Lance (Eric Stoltz), his Heroin dealer.

The short article below has been bouncing around different websites since last week when, apparently, John Travolta‘s 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL was stolen. One account quoted Travolta estimating the car’s value at about $35,000, other reports call it a $100,000 car. I’ve got to believe Travolta is much closer to the actual value of his car than the Hollywood reporters.
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According to Hollywood media reports, “Swordfish” actor left stranded in Santa Monica, California, as his car was stolen. A thief took 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL, and it was worth $100,000.

He was at Jaguar dealership for a short visit, but as his car got stolen, he returned back to dealership and waited for the cops to make crime report. Reports also say that  no suspect has been identified yet. Motoring enthusiast John, 57, has a large collection of cars including a Rolls Royce, and a Jaguar XJ6 as well as vintage Ford cars.

He said in 2007: “I have a 55, 56 and 57 Thunderbird – American Fords in the great old tradition. I love the fact that they could achieve speed and distance with such style. I don’t use them for long journeys any more, but to just enjoy the drive.”