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Old 03-13-2019, 03:24 PM
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I stopped into the dealership today and my build is complete (B5). The salesman said once they are built they park them in a large staging area and then invoice the dealership prior to shipping them by train to Baltimore. Then it takes about 10 days to reach the dealership. Unfortunately, I may not buy it when it arrives. They received a 350 with Espresso Brown/Magma Grey leather and I'm really not feeling the brown/gray combo. My wife didn't mind the color combo but it may not be the one for me after all this waiting. I doubt I'll order another and wait until June or July so if I don't take this GLE, they'll have to locate another and try to make a dealer swap. It kind of ruined my day. On a positive note, they just received a Polar White 450 with the Macchiato / Magma Grey interior and I like that combo a lot more. It didn't have the optional equipment I want so I wouldn't buy it. My wife says I need to calm down and wait until ours arrives, she thinks I'll feel differently once I see it. She may be right and often is.
That sucks for you! But better to wait for something that "sparks joy," per Marie Kondo. Mine is probably done then, also, but I will wait until Friday to check when I have an appointment with the salesman to talk price. He insists they come straight to Portland by train, but I'm not so sure. I know we have a big auto facility at the port.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:45 PM
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I saw the macchiato/magma gray combo last week, and it looks really nice (lighter and less yellow toned than the previous beige color I was disappointed in). I saw the espresso and grey combo on the promo car and changed mind immediately (it was on my original list). I'm now getting the black/magma gray leather, and think it will look pretty snappy in the polar white car.
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I saw the macchiato/magma gray combo last week, and it looks really nice (lighter and less yellow toned than the previous beige color I was disappointed in). I saw the espresso and grey combo on the promo car and changed mind immediately (it was on my original list). I'm now getting the black/magma gray leather, and think it will look pretty snappy in the polar white car.
Oh yea, the Black/Magma Gray leather and Polar White look very good together, I've seen two in person so far. I tried to talk my wife into a black leather (we've never had a black interior) and she just wouldn't budge. She does however like the Macchiato/Magma Gray but feels it would show to much wear from jeans and such so she talked me into the Espresso Brown instead. I hope I feel different when it arrives but the dealer may be searching for a swap with another dealership, if that's even realistic with a new model and very limited inventory.
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When searching dealer inventories online, a word of caution. My dealer is showing 12 GLE 450s in stock, when my sales guy said the other day they didn't even have one demo of any kind. I asked and he said they were on paper only. Paper cars instead of paper airplanes!
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:16 PM
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Did anyone order high gloss linden gray? I'm wondering if the wood/leather steering wheel can be ordered in this, because the configurator says it has to be changed to the natural walnut to do that, which of course wouldn't match.
I've changed my choice of leather to black/magma gray so wanted something cooler color to go with it. The metal weave is my second choice, which also would leave me without the leather/wood steering wheel.
The Canadian DOG only has three wood trims available for the wheel, which must match the trim inside the rest of the car:
H22 Brown Open-Pore Walnut Wood
H31 Anthracite Open-Pore Oak Wood
H34 designo Striped High Gloss Lime Wood

I doubt it would be any different with the US DOG.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:46 PM
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Does that mean that they are in the pipeline and might be had before an ordered one? I did notice that some of the inventories online said "off site storage."
Mine was put into the system today, but my husband doesn't have a spot yet on the list.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:14 PM
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When searching dealer inventories online, a word of caution. My dealer is showing 12 GLE 450s in stock, when my sales guy said the other day they didn't even have one demo of any kind. I asked and he said they were on paper only. Paper cars instead of paper airplanes!
it seems that the farther we are from a VPC, the longer the wait. Boise has only paper but Vegas is loaded.
The small St George UT Dealer got one over a week ago. They claim theirís come from Denver. I didnít know Denver had direct shipping so am skeptical.
Mercedes must have had a decent stockpile of units creating a shipping backup. I hope they catch up so that those of us with custom orders donít have to wait longer.😩
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:20 PM
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Does that mean that they are in the pipeline and might be had before an ordered one? I did notice that some of the inventories online said "off site storage."
Mine was put into the system today, but my husband doesn't have a spot yet on the list.
Beth, I think the ones being delivered were probably preconfigured with a lot of them alike. Dealers also have custom ordered units so that group is more likely to have some nicely equipped units. How those fold in with our custom orders is something maybe your dealer could answer. The dealer should be able to look at the pipeline of some or all units coming to them and to other dealers.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:12 PM
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Actually, Vegas is not loaded. Their web site shows a bunch of 350's and 450's but my sales rep says that they are only allocated and haven't arrived yet. They did get in 3 350's recently and sold 2 right away and still have the third.

My paperwork and the sales rep says that their autos go through the VPC in Long Beach.
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I called them last week and was told they had 4 of each and more soon. So much for that BS. The St George Dealer is the one that said Denver.
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Is this the first in the UK?
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:57 AM
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Is this the first in the UK?
First RHD model I've seen.
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Old 03-15-2019, 01:16 PM
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Looks good in red, got me pondering now.
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Question tiri. In Canada is the "rest" option on the climate control available?
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Can you clarify what the "Rest" option is? Is it a function to keep the cabin warm after the engine has shut off?
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Looks good in red, got me pondering now.
I am tempted with the GLE63S with this red and night package when released...
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I sent in a couple items. Weird the Nappa and MB-Tex dashes are the same price; in Germany the Nappa is 2/3 more.

"Thank you for your contact.

The MB-Tex and Nappa Leather dashboards are priced the same. The image for the Sill Protector has been shared with our Web Team, which will be updated, and we again, appreciate your immediate feedback.

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[QUOTE=GregW / Oregon;7706446]I sent in a couple items. Weird the Nappa and MB-Tex dashes are the same price; in Germany the Nappa is 2/3 more.
Thanks Greg, wish that had been an option when we ordered
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I stopped into the dealership today and my build is complete (B5). The salesman said once they are built they park them in a large staging area and then invoice the dealership prior to shipping them by train to Baltimore. Then it takes about 10 days to reach the dealership. Unfortunately, I may not buy it when it arrives. They received a 350 with Espresso Brown/Magma Grey leather and I'm really not feeling the brown/gray combo. My wife didn't mind the color combo but it may not be the one for me after all this waiting. I doubt I'll order another and wait until June or July so if I don't take this GLE, they'll have to locate another and try to make a dealer swap. It kind of ruined my day. On a positive note, they just received a Polar White 450 with the Macchiato / Magma Grey interior and I like that combo a lot more. It didn't have the optional equipment I want so I wouldn't buy it. My wife says I need to calm down and wait until ours arrives, she thinks I'll feel differently once I see it. She may be right and often is.
Met with my sales guy today; my car is still not complete for some reason. Once it ships it's 18-20 days to dealer. Getting 3.5% discount (+$500 MBCA).
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Got the day off work so spent 3 hours at the dealer while my car was getting its' 6 year service done (2013 E350 wagon). I got to test a GLE350 with 3rd row, GLE450 without 3rd row, and 2019 GLS450.

I really wanted to get the GLE, but after in depth testing today I don't see it working for us. It's just too small. In fact it's smaller than my wagon. the space behind the 2nd row in the GLE is about 8 inches shorter than my wagon, so luggage/cargo space is less in the GLE than in my wagon. (GLE is slightly wider and taller than the wagon but shorter from back of 2nd row seat to the hatch door).
Also the 3rd row is very small. I'm 5'11" and 185lb, I'd say about average sized. If I move the 2nd row all the way to the front then I can fit in the 3rd row with my knees touching the back of the 2nd row but my head is rubbing against the ceiling. I can't see anyone over 5'6 fitting in the 3rd row. My 11 year old son who is just short of 5 feet tall, can sit in the 3rd row with a little room to spare if the 2nd row is move to the forward most position.

The GLE350 felt extremely weak and the engine was noisy. the GLE450 was better but still felt weak when starting from a dead stop with light pedal. My wagon feels like it has more low end torque. I was hoping the EQ boost would make it feel stronger off the line but it doesn't unless you really push down on the pedal. Maybe the test car I was in wasn't engaging the EQ boost properly, it had a # of warnings on the dash (Pre-Safe inoperative, and a bunch of others) It was showing EQ boost power and charge so I thought it was working.

The burmester sound (not the high end 3D version) lacked bass compared to the HK in the wagon. The highs were pretty decent, mids were so-so but lacked bass no matter how I adjusted it.

I looked at 2 out of the 3 GLE's they had and both had issues. the GLE350 with the 3rd row had a 2nd row that won't fold up or down on the left side. the buttons in the trunk area that moved the 2nd row seats had popped out of the sockets and won't stay attached. the dash also showed pre-safe inoperative and a # of other warnings. Dealer said these are early production demo's so some issues are expected. The GLE450 I tested had 40 miles on it, the 350 had less than 20 miles on it.

The interior of the GLE looks and feels smaller than my father's XC90 as well, especially the 3rd row and cargo space behind 2nd row.

Wife and I were very disappointed. Looks like we'll have to wait for the new GLS or go for the X7.
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I had this issue come up today, finding out that I can't get the leather dash without the napa seats. And so that's the point. The dash technically costs the same in mb tex and leather, but you have to pay extra 1300.00-ish more for the napa leather (as opposed to the "regular" leather) in order to get to put the leather on the dash. It looks great on the configurator with the contrast stitching standing out more, so I may go ahead and do it. My build order should be finished tomorrow, so I'm trying to make that decision fast. They have also stopped letting orders go through for metal weave for the time being, but may open up before changes can't be made. As it stands I am getting the gloss linden gray, which should look pretty good. No wood-leather steering wheel in that, so all leather there.

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Got the day off work so spent 3 hours at the dealer while my car was getting its' 6 year service done (2013 E350 wagon). I got to test a GLE350 with 3rd row, GLE450 without 3rd row, and 2019 GLS450.

I really wanted to get the GLE, but after in depth testing today I don't see it working for us. It's just too small. In fact it's smaller than my wagon. the space behind the 2nd row in the GLE is about 8 inches shorter than my wagon, so luggage/cargo space is less in the GLE than in my wagon. (GLE is slightly wider and taller than the wagon but shorter from back of 2nd row seat to the hatch door).
Also the 3rd row is very small. I'm 5'11" and 185lb, I'd say about average sized. If I move the 2nd row all the way to the front then I can fit in the 3rd row with my knees touching the back of the 2nd row but my head is rubbing against the ceiling. I can't see anyone over 5'6 fitting in the 3rd row. My 11 year old son who is just short of 5 feet tall, can sit in the 3rd row with a little room to spare if the 2nd row is move to the forward most position.

The GLE350 felt extremely weak and the engine was noisy. the GLE450 was better but still felt weak when starting from a dead stop with light pedal. My wagon feels like it has more low end torque. I was hoping the EQ boost would make it feel stronger off the line but it doesn't unless you really push down on the pedal. Maybe the test car I was in wasn't engaging the EQ boost properly, it had a # of warnings on the dash (Pre-Safe inoperative, and a bunch of others) It was showing EQ boost power and charge so I thought it was working.

The burmester sound (not the high end 3D version) lacked bass compared to the HK in the wagon. The highs were pretty decent, mids were so-so but lacked bass no matter how I adjusted it.

I looked at 2 out of the 3 GLE's they had and both had issues. the GLE350 with the 3rd row had a 2nd row that won't fold up or down on the left side. the buttons in the trunk area that moved the 2nd row seats had popped out of the sockets and won't stay attached. the dash also showed pre-safe inoperative and a # of other warnings. Dealer said these are early production demo's so some issues are expected. The GLE450 I tested had 40 miles on it, the 350 had less than 20 miles on it.

The interior of the GLE looks and feels smaller than my father's XC90 as well, especially the 3rd row and cargo space behind 2nd row.

Wife and I were very disappointed. Looks like we'll have to wait for the new GLS or go for the X7.
Was the 2020 GLE450 as quiet and was the ride as comfortable as it was in the 2019 GLS450?
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Was the 2020 GLE450 as quiet and was the ride as comfortable as it was in the 2019 GLS450?
the 2020 GLE450 did not have the acoustic comfort package but it was very quiet. I had it up to 90mph and didn't hear much wind/road noise. I would say it's about the same compared to the 2019 GLS450. Both are very quiet.

The GLE350 had 20" run flat Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S tires. A little bit more road/tire noise than the GLE 450 (with non-run flat Michelin) and a bit more engine noise. (the 4 cylinder does not sound anywhere near as nice as the I6)

The I6 does sound nice when you step on it and can get you up to speed very quickly if you step on it but you do have to push the pedal quite a bit to get power from it which I'm not used to coming from my E350 which has a very sensitive pedal.

Both GLE had the standard steel suspension. At highway speeds its very smooth and composed. Around town, you do feel the bumps in the roads (we have very poor roads here). the GLS with the standard air suspension rides smoother in town but is a bit floatier(?) on the highway.
I'm not saying the suspension is uncomfortable or jarring, far from it. It feels a bit smoother around town than my E350 wagon with sport pkg but not as agile at high speeds (obviously due to the higher center of gravity and additional weight).

If I were to purchase one, I'd get the air suspension though. With my bad back, I now value a smooth/soft/comfortable ride over absolute handling.

Oh and the start/stop system, I've never liked them. but the GLE450 changed my mind. You cannot feel or hear it start or stop at all. and the start is instant. the GLE350 still had typical shake when starting/stopping and a brief delay when it starts. I could see myself living with the start/stop system of the 450 but not the 350.
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The I6 does sound nice when you step on it and can get you up to speed very quickly if you step on it but you do have to push the pedal quite a bit to get power from it which I'm not used to coming from my E350 which has a very sensitive pedal.
Were you perhaps in Eco or Comfort mode? Did you try "Sport" mode? That changes the throttle curve to be more sensitive. There is also Sport+ with E-ABC.




Both had the standard steel suspension. At highway speeds its very smooth and composed. Around town, you do feel the bumps in the roads (we have very poor roads here). the GLS with the standard air suspension rides smoother in town but is a bit floatier(?) on the highway.
I'm not saying the suspension is uncomfortable or jarring, far from it. It feels a bit smoother around town than my E350 wagon with sport pkg but not as agile at high speeds (obviously due to the higher center of gravity and additional weight).

If I were to purchase one, I'd get the air suspension though. With my bad back, I now value a smooth/soft/comfortable ride over absolute handling.
Per design and the reviews I've read the E-ABC suspension should give the best of the comfort and sport worlds. Per March/April 2019 Road & Track, "It (E-ABC) seeks to make bumpy roads feel smooth and to all but eliminate body roll in corners. It's mind-boggingly good at both--like playing a driving game while seated on your couch." Admittedly it is very expensive.

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Did you try "Sport" mode? That changes the throttle curve to be more sensitive. There is also Sport+ with E-ABC.


Per design and the reviews I've read the E-ABC suspension should give the best of the comfort and sport worlds. Per March/April 2019 Road & Track, "It (E-ABC) seeks to make bumpy roads feel smooth and to all but eliminate body roll in corners. It's mind-boggingly good at both--like playing a driving game while seated on your couch." Admittedly it is very expensive.
I tried to try "sport" mode but that was one of the things not working. Clicking the switch had no effect. They said probably a software update needs to be performed.

They did not have one with air or E-ABC so I could only test the base steel suspension. It wasn't bad.
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