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Low Fuel in Your Mercedes-Benz – How to Tell!

Mercedes Fuel Notifications

I was driving a GLA loaner car the other day when the fuel light came on…in three places! And then I had to back up to a different pump after I had opened the fuel door and got a handy warning about that too! I can’t imagine how anyone could run out of gas with all of this notification.

Also, notice how the warnings have a little arrow to remind me about where the fuel door is located. I had forgotten that it was on the drivers’ side on the GLA/CLA. Handy!

Homelink Programming in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

The 2017 E300 is the first car in a few years with a different Homelink system. Here is what worked for me.

2017 E300 Homelink Programming

Step One: Hold one of the buttons on the bottom of the Mirror (1,2, or 3). Light flashes.

Step Two: At the same time, hold The Button You Want to Program on the remote. Light flashes quickly.

Now your mirror is programmed but you must teach the garage about it. (Love this guy!)

Learn ButtonStep Three: Press then release the Learn Button on the Head Unit of your Garage Door Opener. He’s pointing at it.

Step Four: Press and then release the button on the mirror that you programmed (1, 2, or 3). It might work! If not, press and release again. My garage works on the third try.

You did it! Nice work!

Note: There is a know issue with the 2017 E300 not holding the code. If this happens to you, take it to the service department and ask them to “Add the Operational Codes.” The notice was posted to dealers on June 30th, 2016 and takes less than 30 minutes to update in the car.

(Thanks to Chris in SC for helping me solve this mystery!)

Ordering a Mercedes-Benz – Worth the Wait!

I have had a bunch of orders arrive this month and they looked great! Without exception the new owners are thrilled to have a vehicle that is exactly what they wanted and unique in the marketplace. The customers waited between 60 days to 8 months for these masterpieces!

2016 GLC300 – Black with Espresso Brown Leather

Black GLC300

Espresso Brown Leather

2017 GLS550 – Palladium with designo Espresso Brown Leather

Palladium GLS550 designo Espresso Brown

2016 AMG GTS – Mars Red with Black Dinamica and Red Accents

GTS Mars Red AMG GTS Dinamica

Don’t settle for something you don’t love! If you have a strong vision for your new car I can make it happen

GLK Survives a Hail Storm!

A client of mine in South Carolina sent me this testimonial recently:

Mercedes GLK

“We had one heck of a hail storm here yesterday evening. My GLK was parked outside with one of the other members of the white Mercedes club (that’s what you call it when everyone in the family has a white Mercedes), and there was a Chevy and a Honda on either side of us when it hit. Once the sky cleared, the Chevy was as dimpled as a golf ball, and the Honda took a few dents too, but both of the Mercedes were unharmed!”

Mercedes are just built of better stuff!

Ordering a New Mercedes-Benz – It’s Easy!

Fresh Cars

There are lots of ways to buy a new Mercedes-Benz and one of my favorites is custom ordering! In 60-120 days you can have the car of your dreams.

People often ask if there is an extra charge. There is NO Charge to custom order your new Mercedes-Benz!

There are lots of ways to order.

Possibility One: Use the Build Your Own section at MBUSA.com and then e-mail it to your salesperson. They can order the car just like you want it and keep you informed as it progresses.

Possibility Two: Go to the dealership, like something there and figure out what changes you would make to LOVE it! Maybe there is a designo interior that speaks to your heart. Perhaps you’ve been waiting for CarPlay or another technology to arrive. There are lots of little tweaks that can make a vehicle special.

Possibility Three: Be First! You can order a car that has not yet been released. Right now we are ordering C-Coupes, S-Class cabriolets, and 2017 E-Classes. I know you haven’t seen the car in person yet, but you know you’re going to love it. Why not order early and have your perfect vehicle arrive when it is first released for sale?

So, you don’t have to settle for what is at the dealership. I would be happy to custom order the Mercedes-Benz of your dreams!

Mercedes-Benz at the 2016 Atlanta Auto Show!

I went, I saw, I was impressed!

Multi Contour Seats Not Working? Possible Fix!

A client called to say that his Drive Dynamic Multi Contour Seats only worked sometimes. The drivers’ seat would work for a while, the passenger seat would work for a while but neither would work consistently.

After a little fiddling and some road testing I figured out that when the side bolsters were manually inflated over level 6 it prevented the bolsters from inflating around corners! Interesting!

I fixed it!

What Do I Do If I am Over Miles in My Lease?

Today is the One Year Anniversary of when I got my new car! I generally lease for 36 months with 12,000 miles a year. As you can see, I am a little over on my miles. People frequently ask me what to do when they are over miles so I am going to use myself as an example.

Step 1: Evaluate

I am currently over by 1260 miles. at $.25/mile that is $315. If I continued at this rate I would owe $945 in over mileage charges when I turned in the lease on November 1, 2017. I have several options available to me and there is no reason to panic!

By the way, I did the 12,000 mile per year lease knowing that I would likely go over. I looked at the 15,000 mile lease as well but it was $30 more per month and I knew I  wouldn’t be that high so I opted for the lower payment and possible over miles charges.

Step 2: Options

  • I can drive this car for 2 more years, owe less than $1000 in mileage charges and not worry about it.
  • I can call Mercedes-Benz Financial right now and add mileage to my lease, raising my payment slightly, so that I don’t have a bill at the end.
  • I can plan to buy the car at the end of the lease for the residual value and there are no mileage fees charged. If you are WAY over then this is sometimes the best option.
  • I know that Mercedes-Benz Financial generally offers a 3-5 month Loyalty Accelerator that will let me pull-forward into a new lease without any penalty. So, that gives me a 3000 to 5000 mile cushion that is perfect for what I actually plan to do which is turn it in 3-5 months early with just under 36,000 miles and get my next car!

Step 3: Keep Driving!

With these options in mind there is no reason to worry about going over miles in the lease. As long as you knew the plan going into the lease, and set it up properly, you do not need to restrict your miles or worry! I consider leasing an easy way to get a new car every 2-3 years with no surprises.

Setting the Clock in Your Mercedes-Benz!

It’s that time again! (heh, time)

Here is a quick video with a couple of examples on how to set your clock!

Adjusting the Clock in your Mercedes-BenzHere is a quick video of three different possibilities that I had handy. Don't be late!

Posted by Jesse Cannon-Wallace – BenzBlogger on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Your Mercedes-Benz To-Do List – 2015

C63 AMG S

So, it is the fourth quarter and you have been meaning to do something about your car all year. Come by the dealership! This is the perfect time to get to work! Here is what you should be looking into before the end of 2015!

New Models

The GLE Coupe has arrived! This sporty SUV has been getting tons of attention. I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to like it but now I love it! Every time I flip the Dynamic Select to Sport+ I cannot suppress a smile! It has a surprising amount of space on the inside and an unbeatable look on the outside! Inventory has grown and you still have time order before the end of the year.

The all-new GLC is arriving in November. This model will replace the outgoing GLK and I predict a huge success! They styling will appeal to a larger audience and it has grown a few inches. The interior is going to be leaps and bound more luxurious! With a base price under $40,000 I think this will be hottest SUV on the market!

The C450 AMG Sport now available! This AMG tuned version of the C-Class has all of the noise and fun you want from an AMG with a more mainstream price tag. I have a comparison driving event to attend next week vs. the C63 AMG and I can’t wait to try them back to back!

Deals to Be Had

I know some of you are looking for the best deal, not the latest and greatest car. There are definitely a few models you should be considering.

With the arrival of the 2016 GLE-Class we are just about out of MLs. However, there are a couple left that are looking for a good home! Also, the 2017 E-Class is just around the corner and we have lots of 2016s.

There is still a great selection of 2015 S-Class vehicles from which to choose. I’ll even let you be picky about colors and options. The only reason to spend more for the 2016 is if you are really excited about the remote start feature that comes with the mbrace Connect for 2016. (I am!)

Certified Pre-Owned cars are always a great value! I hear that our first 2015 C-Class will be through certification next week. We also have new body style GL diesels! That never happens! You can see all of the CPO inventory on our website. Combine that with special interest rates from Mercedes-Benz Financial and you might be able to fit more Mercedes in your budget!

The CLA and GLA are always the most affordable of the Mercedes-Benz models. With base prices just over $30,000 these cars fit in almost any budget! I have so many happy owners in these cars. You really should check them out before you settle for something boring.

Vans

The Metris is Pre-Production no longer! We have our first models in stock. The Metris is about the same size as the GL-Class and can come as a cargo or passenger van. Again, starting at under $30,000 for a cargo van this would be a great addition to your commercial fleet (and a great write off before the end of the year!). Come take it for a spin and let me tell you how it will save you tons of money over traditional cargo vans!

So, there you have it! A Mercedes-Benz shopping list for the fourth quarter, 2015. Don’t wait until the last minute! I cannot overnight you a car to arrive on Christmas Eve. This isn’t like buying a gift for the kids!

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