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I‘ve been on my local dealer’s list as being “interested” in an EQE for nearly a year. Last month, I received an email saying that their group had a dealer test-drive vehicle, just the one car shared between 7 dealers. A week ago, I did a test drive and was impressed enough to try to place an order. The dealer embarrassingly shuffled his papers, and said that if I ordered one they really had no idea, no idea at all, when they would be able to deliver one. 6 months? Maybe. A year? More likely. I was told that their group only had an allocation of 14 EQE‘s between now and March 2023. A couple of cars a month.
On-line, there were a couple of new pre-configured EQE’s. In the Uk, that means the EQE 350+, but hang on, after 4 months, Mercedes have just discontinued this model in the UK. It now cannot be ordered from new, so Mercedes dealers who have made some pre-configured orders of the EQE 350+, are stuck with a few of them, just delivered, to shift before the arrival of the new current Uk model the EQE 300, which is now nearly £3,000 cheaper. The spec for the EQE 300 range is slightly degraded from the EQE 350+ due to a new battery, but it is the only current version you can pre-order. Sadly the the Key-less entry option is also currently greyed-out if you try to order one.
But it’s not all bad news…..
Three days ago, a new EQE 300 Comfort, pre-configured, popped-up on the UK web-site, so I’ve ordered it. Delivery expected in an astonishing 3 weeks. I even have a registration number and Key-less entry. So from a test-drive to delivery of brand new EQE in just-under a month, that‘s the theory. I’ll keep you posted about whether this car miraculously materialises…….
 

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I‘ve been on my local dealer’s list as being “interested” in an EQE for nearly a year. Last month, I received an email saying that their group had a dealer test-drive vehicle, just the one car shared between 7 dealers. A week ago, I did a test drive and was impressed enough to try to place an order. The dealer embarrassingly shuffled his papers, and said that if I ordered one they really had no idea, no idea at all, when they would be able to deliver one. 6 months? Maybe. A year? More likely. I was told that their group only had an allocation of 14 EQE‘s between now and March 2023. A couple of cars a month.
On-line, there were a couple of new pre-configured EQE’s. In the Uk, that means the EQE 350+, but hang on, after 4 months, Mercedes have just discontinued this model in the UK. It now cannot be ordered from new, so Mercedes dealers who have made some pre-configured orders of the EQE 350+, are stuck with a few of them, just delivered, to shift before the arrival of the new current Uk model the EQE 300, which is now nearly £3,000 cheaper. The spec for the EQE 300 range is slightly degraded from the EQE 350+ due to a new battery, but it is the only current version you can pre-order. Sadly the the Key-less entry option is also currently greyed-out if you try to order one.
But it’s not all bad news…..
Three days ago, a new EQE 300 Comfort, pre-configured, popped-up on the UK web-site, so I’ve ordered it. Delivery expected in an astonishing 3 weeks. I even have a registration number and Key-less entry. So from a test-drive to delivery of brand new EQE in just-under a month, that‘s the theory. I’ll keep you posted about whether this car miraculously materialises…….
UPDATE
It’s arrived!!
Just 15 days from first walking into my local dealership for a test drive, I‘be now taken delivery of my new EQE 300 Comfort. In the UK, dealers are getting some monthly allocations of a few dealer spec cars (rather than customer spec) and my car is one of those. Despite not being an official option in the UK, it has the rear wheel steering, as well as the several features that are now no longer options in the August 2022 brochure.

Its not all been plain sailing, as Direct Line, who had insured my previous Mercedes didn‘t have it on their list yet, so declined to insure it, so instead I asked Mercedes‘ own insurance division to quote, but they wouldn’t insure it either for the same reason! Admiral, however, did have the EQE 300 on their list and so I have signed up with them.

It‘s a superb car, and my only niggle is that there was no domestic 13A domestic “Granny” lead included in an £87,000 car. it came with just the standard Type 2 untethered 5m lead. Mercedes offered a universal connection kit for £1200, but Amazon have several smart 13A to type 2 leads for £160 and I’m using one of those temporarily until I get a proper wallbox fitted. So far, just 16 miles on the clock…..
 
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