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Old 02-24-2019, 12:47 PM
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The German "Konfigurator" does have the R77s.

Then it's just my lack of technical prowess. Or possibly patience. Maybe it was the UK site that didn't have it.........
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For those that are considering the base gloss grey linden wood trim: when I was at the dealer yesterday, they had a 350 with black leather and the grey linden trim (standard trim according to DOG), which is what I was going to get. I noticed that while it had the gloss grey linden wood on the dash line and doors, the console trim was piano black. Not sure if this is an early production issue, or just the way it is. I made sure to shine a light on it and look at it different ways, as the gloss grey wood is dark and wanted to make sure I was seeing correctly. My salesman agreed with my assessment, but had no clue about why, or if normal, or anything about it. I don't want piano black on any of my trim (personal preference), so I changed to the walnut. So, for those opting for the gloss grey linden which is standard, be aware that the console trim and sliding console cover MAY be piano black and not wood.
The German Configurator makes it look like the console trim matches. The aluminum trim does show piano black on the console. That is such a difficult finish to keep looking good - shows dust and fingerprints like crazy.




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Old 02-24-2019, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by GregW / Oregon View Post
The German Configurator makes it look like the console trim matches. It's definitely the same, though, with the aluminum trim getting piano black on the console. That is such a difficult finish to keep looking good - shows dust and fingerprints like crazy.



Then maybe it was a pre-production issue. All I know is what I saw in person and double checked, and it was enough to make me change from the grey linden to walnut to avoid the piano black. If I, or anyone else can further definitively confirm, I would likely change back to linden.
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Then maybe it was a pre-production issue. All I know is what I saw in person and double checked, and it was enough to make me change from the grey linden to walnut to avoid the piano black. If I, or anyone else can further definitively confirm, I would likely change back to linden.
I'll bet it is the final. Good move; the Walnut goes with almost everything. I also like the natural finish woods over the plasticky gloss. The Natural Grain Grey Oak would be another option. I went with the Black-Flamed Open-Pore Ash, but it's pretty spendy.

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Konfigurator

When I tried to pull up the "Konfigurator" from the german site through the link posted earlier, it says the equivalent of document not found. Is there a new link I'm missing?

I'm kind of excited about my new GLE order, but also kind of put off by the continued lack of the US configurator, obtuse dealer info and the other ordering issues most of us are experiencing. It was similar when I was ordering the GLC43 prior to its official release, but I don't remember it being this cloudy. Although I am very impatient, sometimes I wish they would just get most of all their ducks in a row before they release the ordering process. I do understand, however, that even if they did that, tweaking would likely continue throughout a substantial portion of the first year of production. Guess its the price we pay for wanting it asap.
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When I tried to pull up the "Konfigurator" from the german site through the link posted earlier, it says the equivalent of document not found. Is there a new link I'm missing?
Try this: https://www.mercedes-benz.de/passeng...odelId=1671591

I'm kind of excited about my new GLE order, but also kind of put off by the continued lack of the US configurator, obtuse dealer info and the other ordering issues most of us are experiencing. It was similar when I was ordering the GLC43 prior to its official release, but I don't remember it being this cloudy. Although I am very impatient, sometimes I wish they would just get most of all their ducks in a row before they release the ordering process. I do understand, however, that even if they did that, tweaking would likely continue throughout a substantial portion of the first year of production. Guess its the price we pay for wanting it asap.
In addition to being 9 months behind the model cycle schedule "norm," the whole thing does seem a little more disorganized, but maybe I'm just not remembering. I've always preordered before release and usually had the very first at my dealer. The '12 was an exception because I had to wait for the Lighting and the Handling Packages to be available; at least most the packages are here initially, aside from Off-Road.
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Greg to the rescue. That linked worked. Many thanks, Greg, for all the input you share on this process. And thanks to all the other contributors, major and minor, as well. Through the collective input and knowledge of this group, I have found that the dealer networks are woefully behind most of our understanding of this vehicle. Or they put on a convincing act.
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Greg to the rescue. That linked worked. Many thanks, Greg, for all the input you share on this process. And thanks to all the other contributors, major and minor, as well. Through the collective input and knowledge of this group, I have found that the dealer networks are woefully behind most of our understanding of this vehicle. Or they put on a convincing act.
You hit the “nail on the head” so to speak! I wonder how many have been to training. If you add up the lack of Configurator, lack of product knowledge and DOG rollout you have to wonder if Mercedes is dragging their feet a little because of issues.
Some things may not be their fault, (maybe indirectly) as many parts are outsourced and suppliers ramping up or not getting initial quality could be a contributing factor. Another thing I’ve noticed is the large number of different models and sub models. My SR said that subject has come up in meetings and MB has agreed to cut back but haven’t yet. Audi is almost at the other extreme-fewer models and slow release of sub models but it shows with the high quality rankings. Our SQ5 was new Gen and first week of production. Flawless for 18 months until a Thermostat failure, not exactly a big problem at that.
Wouldn’t the GLE be a very important product (if not the most important)... why screw it up? Are resources spread over too many models? At least they seem to have no problem slowing things down so I’m not overly concerned...yet. This has to be bad for profit. No inventory and the peak buying season only a few weeks away.

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Hi guys, I just looked up an iPhone app "Mercedes Me" in App Store and shocked to see a very, very bad ratings. 95% of people stating that Remote Starter feature ether doesn't work at all or at best works 1 out of 10.
Do you guys think it'll be the same situation with the new GLE 2020?

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Hi guys, I just looked up an iPhone app "Mercedes Me" in App Store and shocked to see a very, very bad ratings. 95% of people stating that Remote Starter feature ether doesn't work at all or at best works 1 out of 10.
Do you guys think it'll be the same situation with the new GLE 2020?

I can attest that the MercedesMe app for my 2017 GLC43 is so worthless, I quit bothering with it altogether. I was blindly hoping it would be better with a newer/different vehicle. I hate it that my 2009 chevy Avalanche "work" truck has remote start on the key fob and, depending on temp, either turns on the heater/heated seats or AC/vented seats, and my 2017 Mercedes can't even manage turning the car on with an app, much less pre-heating or cooling it. And, if you have less than FIVE gallons of gas, it won't remote start at all. Five gallons. C'mon MB.
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Hi guys, I just looked up an iPhone app "Mercedes Me" in App Store and shocked to see a very, very bad ratings. 95% of people stating that Remote Starter feature ether doesn't work at all or at best works 1 out of 10.
Do you guys think it'll be the same situation with the new GLE 2020?
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I can attest that the Mercedes me app for my 2017 GLC43 is so worthless, I quit bothering with it altogether. I was blindly hoping it would be better with a newer/different vehicle. I hate it that my 2009 chevy Avalanche "work" truck has remote start on the key fob and, depending on temp, either turns on the heater/heated seats or AC/vented seats, and my 2017 Mercedes can't even manage turning the car on with an app, much less pre-heating or cooling it. And, if you have less than FIVE gallons of gas, it won't remote start at all. Five gallons. C'mon MB.
My '12 does not have the remote start feature, but the app seems pretty reliable in locating the vehicle, or locking/unlocking.
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My '12 does not have the remote start feature, but the app seems pretty reliable in locating the vehicle, or locking/unlocking.
I have Remote Start on my 17 GLS550 and the Mercedes Me app has always worked for me. I can lock/unlock, locate, and remote start our GLS via the app. I rarely use these features but it has always worked when I tested it (maybe 4 or 5 times).

As for the new GLE, you'll need a different app called Mercedes Me Connect to fully enable all that MBUX has to offer. SO have it preinstalled on your phone and logged in (if you have an account) before visiting your dealership to test drive or take delivery of a new 2020 GLE.
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On another note, a nearby Mercedes dealer confirmed they received a GLE 450 demo over the weekend with the AMG exterior package! It's being prepared for the road and they will call me when it's ready for a test drive. I haven't seen it yet but hopefully it has some options so I can let you know what they're like and how the new I6 engine performs.
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Thanks, "Mercedes Me Connect" has even worse ratings of 1.5
Which dealer is that? I might check them out as well
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Masano in Reading PA has a Polar White GLE 450 with the AMG Exterior Package and 21" Multi-Spoke Wheels with Black Accents. Almost exactly what Greg ordered. Here just a few pics:



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More pics. This is a MB-Tex interior but it was very impressive looking and felt like leather.


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Wow looks stunning!!! I got my GLE 450 in Polar White and AMG too but with the 20 inch non-staggered rims. Same interior color with gloss dark grey wood trim.
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Okay, my impressions of the 450:

It was very quiet and I noticed less engine noise when gunning the engine as compared to the 350 (4 cylinder). The tranny is very smooth with the shifts. The salesman was a bit more knowledgable of how to use MBUX and demonstrated many voice-commands. The 21" wheels and tires are awesome looking in person, I'm so glad I went with this wheel. The 2nd row leg room is just great, wait til you experience it for yourself. The drivers seat is very comfortable and has plenty adjustments. MBUX commands I enjoyed was telling it to 'Play The Blend' or 'Play Water Colors' on SiriusXM. Worked flawlessly. Oh, and the cruise control worked on the GLE (couldn't get it to activate on our X5 test drive). The panarama roof is huge!

In all, seeing a 450 spec'd up to $70K reassured me of what I have coming. You're gonna love the 450 when you get see and touch it.

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Okay, my impressions of the 450:

It was very quiet and I noticed less engine noise when gunning the engine as compared to the 350 (4 cylinder). The tranny is very smooth with the shifts. The salesman was a bit more knowledgable of how to use MBUX and demonstrated many voice-commands. The 21" wheels and tires are awesome looking in person, I'm so glad I went with this wheel. The 2nd row leg room is just great, wait til you experience it for yourself. The drivers seat is very comfortable and has plenty adjustments. MBUX commands I enjoyed was telling it to 'Play The Blend' or 'Play Water Colors' on SiriusXM. Worked flawlessly. Oh, and the cruise control worked on the GLE (couldn't get it to activate on our X5 test drive). In all, seeing a 450 spec'd up to $70K reassured me of what I have coming. You're gonna love the 450 when you get see and touch it.
Thanks JoeMa. What suspension did the 450 have? (Steel, Air, EABC)? and what did you think about the ride/handling of the suspension? Looks like it has the regular Burmester speakers, did you get to test it and what do you think about that?
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The salesman just texted me a pic of the sticker. FYI, this GLE 450 was build this month.

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Thanks JoeMa. What suspension did the 450 have? (Steel, Air, EABC)? and what did you think about the ride/handling of the suspension? Looks like it has the regular Burmester speakers, did you get to test it and what do you think about that?
Steel springs but the ride was very competent.
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Masano in Reading PA has a Polar White GLE 450 with the AMG Exterior Package and 21" Multi-Spoke Wheels with Black Accents. Almost exactly what Greg ordered.
Except for the Night Package and upholstery color. Looks good! Another with missing Parktronic!

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Wow looks stunning!!! I got my GLE 450 in Polar White and AMG too but with the 20 inch non-staggered rims. Same interior color with gloss dark grey wood trim.
Thats the wheel I’m getting, unfortunately they are also staggered, probably to accommodate the E-ABC. I think that 13mm is about 1/2”. I plan on buying AM wheels and using the factory for my winter tires. Might change my mind after I see them!
Heres the AMG 20” wheel spec:
20” AMG Twin 5-Spoke 275/50 R20 on 9 J x 20 ET 57 (Front) & 275/50 R20 on 9 J x 20 ET 44 (Rear)

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