Mercedes-Benz European Delivery is always a popular option for taking delivery of a new vehicle! There are so many benefits!
The European Delivery Program Spring Special Promotion has begun. For a limited time customers who take delivery between May 1 and June 30, 2010 will receive a 2nd night hotel accommodation, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. There is also available 2-for-1 airfare from Lufthansa through the Mercedes-Benz travel department.
Model Year 2011 European Delivery Launch Dates:*
E350 & E550 Cabriolet May 17, 2010
CLS and SLK-Class June 21, 2010
C, GLK and E-Class July 19, 2010
SL550, SL63 AMG February 22, 2010
S-Class November 15, 2010
*Launch dates are subject to change should there be a delay in the US retail release dates.
The European Delivery Program would like 90-120 days notice but there are ways to speed up the process! Please get in touch if you are interested in the program. You should also read my European Delivery customer testimonial to get another take on the benefits of this program.
The Univeral Media Interface or UMI has generated a lot of interest and questions since it was launched for the C-Class and GLK last year. There have been some complaints about the system being slow and Mercedes has addressed that and launched the new and improved Nav + 4 with enhanced performance and funtionality.
Nav + 4 has the same features as UMI: 1 – Navigation with free live traffic 2 – iPod/iPhone Interface 3 – USB Interface 4 – AUX Interface 5 – Bluetooth Audio Streaming
The improvements to the system are: 5 times faster route calculation 5 times faster destination entry 5 times faster zooming Day/Night changeover in real time Updated navigation data Alaska, Hawaii & Puerto Rico included
New functionality includes: Reality View Pro (highway signs) Traffic Lane Assist Pro (road splits) Enter destination via map
The NEW part number is A204 870 7096 and the MSRP is $1685 plus labor. The price could vary depending on the equipment already present in your vehicle. Also, it should be possible to upgrade an old UMI to the enhanced Nav + 4 with a software flash.
I get more questions about the UMI system for the C-Class and GLK-Class than any other technology Mercedes makes right now! It seems like I am the only one who has had a chance to try it out in person. This post focuses on the navigation functions and display screens as the other 4 areas of the UMI are pretty easy to understand. Just scroll through the slideshow and I hope you find this informative!
I had written another post about the UMI system and the most commonly asked questions are: How much? Factory Installed, VPC installed and Dealer Installed are all different prices. Consult your local dealer for the best info. Dealer Installed here is about $1850. Will it work in Canada/Nigeria/Dubai? I don’t think so. You’ll need to ask the local dealer if the software is available. What is the part number? A204 870 5996 – But please verify with your local dealer. Does it work? It is a little slower than the navigation that is part of the Multimedia package but it is the same, if not newer, information. Works just fine.
If you have a PCMCIA slot in your vehicle (S-Class, CL-Class, C-Class, GLK-Class) you need a PCMCIA adaptor to play music from a memory card. You plug the PCMCIA adaptor into the slot, then you can insert a variety of memory cards into the adaptor to access your saved music or podcasts.
This adaptor has been a little hard to find for some of my clients. Luckily, Mercedes has come out with their own. Called the PCMCIA Multi-Card Reader, it is priced at $102 and the part number is 6-7-82-3974. You should be able to order one from your local parts department.
A quick Google search will come up with cheaper readers that are meant to do the same thing, but these are meant to work with laptops and aren’t guaranteed to work with your car like the Mercedes version is. Also, I haven’t personally tested the Mercedes adapter with the larger SDHC cards so it may not read those.
— Update — This car is not available anymore. I just sold it.
We just purchased a 2010 GLK350 4matic for our pre-owned department.
Artic White Black MB Tex Premium 1 Package Multimedia Package Appearance Package Trailer Hitch 1700 miles In service date: February 9, 2009 Original MSRP was $44785
Sale price: $40,900
Or, for an extra $1000, we can make it a Certified Pre-Owned Car and it will have an extra year of warranty on up to 100,000 miles. A 5 year, 100,000 mile extended warranty on a new car would cost more than $3000!
The 2010 GLK350 has officially been released to dealerships! We have 11 scheduled to arrive in the next few days in White, Black, Silver, Steel Gray, Red, Obsidian Black and Sand Beige. MSRPs range from $42,460 up to $49,875. The all have the Premium 1 package that includes Panoramic roof, Rain Sensor, Driver memory seat, Homelink, Auto-dimming mirrors, Sirius Radio, Power Liftgate, 115V AC power plug, and Compass in interior mirror.
We are also expected to get a lease special from Mercedes-Benz financial for under $500/month on the GLK! I do still have the White demonstrator GLK350 here for you to see and drive!