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

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.

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
  • 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.

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.


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.

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

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!

Intermarque Spring-Kickoff car show Mercedes
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 Benz G500 G Wagen for Sale! Arctic White with Grey Leather Interior, Just 34,152 Miles!

2007 Mercedes G wagen

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.
Mercedes G500 Arctic White

Used Mercedes G500

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.

“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

travolta mercedes stolen

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.
Travolta mercedes stolen

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.”

Twin Cities Mercedes Benz Club Annual Fall Color Tour to Sarah’s Restaurant in Redwing and Annual Meeting! Sunday, October 9, 2011

Minneapolis Mercedes Club
The Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities Section is holding one of their most attended events of the year, the Mercedes Benz Club Fall Color Tour, on Sunday October 9, 2011!

This is a casual, fun club driving / tour / ‘eating’ event. The Annual Fall Color Tour Caravan to brunch at Sarah’s Restaurant in Red Wing is always a crowd pleaser. A fun time to get out with your car one last time before Winter with friends and enjoy the Fall colors as tree leaves change along the Mississippi.

This year the club is incorporating its annual meeting into the event, as the national Mercedes-Benz club has requested individual chapters complete annual meeting business before the end of October. Don’t worry, the club business will be brief and held at Sarah’s Restaurant when we first arrive. The club is hoping for a big turnout, as the annual meeting requires a quorum of club members in order to carry out the necessary club business. The club business won’t take more than a few minutes, the rest of the time you can spend telling all of those tall car tales and discussing February vacation plans to escape the Minnesota Winter for a few weeks!

If you’re interested in participating, read the general schedule of events and timeline below, have a look at the printable flyer below here (click on it and print it…CLICK THIS LINK TO VISIT THE CLUB WEBSITE.

MBCA-TC Fall Color Tour 2011 – SCHEDULE:

Sunday, October 9, 2011:
10:30 AM– Meet at Starbucks, at the inter-section of Lyndale Avenue South & 77th Street West in Richfield (Just one block North of I494 & Lyndale Avenue South. The address is 7610 Lyndale Ave. So. in Richfield). Park on the plaza on the West side of the coffee shop.

11:00 AM – Caravan to Red Wing.

 12:00 PM (Estimated arrival time) Please note that we will not stop West of Prescott to pick anyone up, as we used to, because we will take a different route.

If somehow you become detached from our caravan (this has happened before!), or come to Red Wing from a different direction, Sarah’s address is: Sarah’s – 307 Main Street – Red Wing, MN 55066 – Tel.: 651-388-2711
Minneapolis Mercedes Club

Sears Imports Attends J.J. Hill Days and Wayzata Rotary Car Show with Classic and Modern Mercedes Benz Vehicles

Wayzata Rotary Car Show

Sears Imports co sponsored the Wayzata Rotary Club Car Show held in conjunction with Wayzata’s J.J. Hill Days this past Sunday, September 11, 2011. I attended the event for Sears Imports Mercedes Benz with a couple of vehicles from our inventory. Bother were pre owned vehicles. One showcased the timeless lines and design of the Mercedes-Benz coupe… a one family owned 1964 220SE. The other display car showed the modern side of Mercedes-Benz… a 2005 SL65 AMG, 12 cylinder, twin turbo charged roadster.

I arrived at the show site in downtown Wayzata at about 8:30 in the morning to set things up. Once the cars were in place I turned around only to see my friend, Dave Bortner, from the Mercedes-Benz Club pulling in the parking lot. I had spoken to him the day before to encourage him to come out with his car. The minty 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 that you may have seen grace the pages of this blog if you read with any regularity. As he climbed out and we started to talk another classic Mercedes. It was Dave Steingas in his pristine 1951 220 cabriolet, he parked next to Dave. A minute or two later, MBCA-TC member Mark Flaten turned up with his 1970 280SL that was just completely restored by Lake Country Classics in Minneapolis. What a great line up! People came and went for most of the morning, eventually club member Ron Berg appeared in his brown 280SL as well. A number of other club members showed up as well, Chris Georgacas showed up, but not in a Mercedes, rather, he was in his Ferrari 355 Spyder… decisions, decisions I suppose.

Mercedes 6.3
Bortner's imposing 6.3.
Mercedes 220 Cabriolet
Steingas' 1951 220 Cabriolet.
Mercedes 280SL
Flaten's expertly restored 1970 280SL.
Ferrari F355
Ron Berg's 280SL and the Georgacas F355 Spider.

Lots of people were interested in the 220SE, the classic lines of that car really seem to speak to people, and this particular 220SE coupe is in very nice condition. The son of the original owner came by the booth, he was probably in his late 70s. He explained that his mother had owned the car, it was eventually passed to one of her grand children, Sears Imports bought it from that grand child. In any case, it’s a local, one owner vehicle with a known history… wonderful black with a red interior. I drove this car to and from the show and had a ball, the looks you get driving that car are incredible… lots of thumbs up from passers by.

wayzata Car Show
The Mercedes-Benz lineup.

The mix of cars at this show was huge, and because there is no real theme to the show, it’s just drive in what you want and have a good time… there were 1950s American classics parked next to vintage European Sports cars parked next to full classics, cars of all shapes, sizes, makes and models were there including several very special cars… how about a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheel Base Berlinetta… probably worth $3 – $5 Million dollars… a guy just drove it in… and it’s the real deal… no kit car… as the owner bought it new in Italy, and he drove it into the show Sunday morning, the same guy. Or an ex Carrera Panamericana Oldsmobile racing car, a couple of Jaguar XK120s… there was even a Duesenberg. There aren’t many shows that are so small, with such a wide variety of cars.

Ferrari 250GT SWB
The 1960 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta.
Wayzata Car Show
Porsche 356 and an MGA MKII 1600.

There was a parade along Lake Street in downtown Wayzata a U.S. Army Band unit played behind a color guard of Boy Scouts and a uniformed color guard. It was a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting really, with Lake Minnetonka across the street, not a cloud in the sky, little kids with balloons. The parade ended in front of “The Muni” where the mayor of Wayzata said a few words about the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I couldn’t help but think that we live in a pretty nice place and we’re far luckier than many people in the world.

Wayzata Rotary Car show
An eclectic mix of machinery.

Based on the great turn out at this show I would imagine Sears Imports will participate in this show next year. Thanks to all those who organized the event and to the Wayzata Rotary Club.

More photos below…

wayzata rotary car show
Wonderful Jaguar XK120.
Wayzata Rotary
Morrie's big Duesenberg.
Wayzata Rotary
Another one of Morrie's cars... a Cord 812.
Alfa Romeo Guilietta
1960 Alfa Romeo Guilietta... just right in red.
Wayzata Parade
The parade down Lake Street in downtown Wayzata.

Less than 19k Miles! Certified Pre Owned 2009 Mercedes Benz SLK300 Roadster Iridium Silver!

Used Mercedes SLK Convertible

This lightly used 2009 SLK 300 roadster in iridium silver with black interior is show floor ready and has just less than 19,000 original, one owner miles. Nicely equipped with the Premium 1 Package (P1 Package) which gives you options such as rain sensing windshield wipers, satellite radio, an iPod / MP3 hook up, the interior ambient lighting package and a number of other items. This car is also equipped with the AIRSCARF which, thanks for vents in the headrests for hot or cold air, gives you a couple of extra weeks on either side of the Summer to enjoy this car with the top down.

This is a Certified Pre Owned SLK so it does come with the balance of the car’s original factory warranty (4 years of 50,000 miles from its original purchase date), once that expires, the Certified Pre Owned warranty (one more year or up to 100k miles) begins. As with all CPO Mercedes-Benz vehicles you always have the option of purchasing an additional year, up to 125k miles or an additional two years all the way up to 135k miles if you’d like.

There is still plenty of Summer left to enjoy this roadster, show floor ready and priced to sell today at $38,955 Certified Pre Owned. Feldmann Imports’ stock# M1283A. JUST ANNOUNCED! July programs have been released and CPO SLKs from 2008 and 2009 are eligible for Special APR financing from 1.99% up to 36 months, 2.99% up to 48 months or 3.99% up to 66 months! (original window sticker with options and equipment below for your reference)

2012 Mercedes Benz SLK350 Roadster in Diamond White Metallic!

This 2012 model Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Roadster just rolled off the transporter this morning, along with 15 other new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. this new body style SLK350 is finished in the rare Diamond White Metallic color with black leather interior.  This is a nicely equipped SLK with the 18″ 5 spoke wheels that really set this SLK apart from the other 2012 models I’ve seen.

It’s equipped with the Premium 1 Package (P1 Package) which includes a number of options including the AIRSCARF feature as well as the upgraded harmon/kardon stereo. It’s also go the Panorama Sunroof, the accessory wood trim package and KEYLESS GO. In short… a very well equipped and unique vehicle that looks great in Diamond White. The complete original window sticker and option list is included below for your reference.

This SLK is in stock and available today at Feldmann Imports. Stock#M1471, MSRP is $61,770.