I'm in the process of ordering an '09 model but have yet to figure out if it will be a better deal to order it straight from MB through its Military Sales Program or just wait until I get back to the States and buy it there. If I order it through MB in Germany, I still have to pay for shipping back to the East coast and from there to TX. Add shipping insurance to that and it adds up pretty quickly and gobbles up any savings I might have gotten. My dealer in Germany just sent me an email offering me the '09 model at the '08 price. I'm not sure if there will be any difference or if this is just a gimmick trying to get me to order it already since she claims the offer is only valid through this week. For those of you who have already ordered '09s, how much was your base price and final price (not including sales taxes and Gas Guzzler Tax) with the options you ordered. The best offer my dealer has given me is $58,540 with the following options: metallic paint, Premium Package, and Leather Package. She previously offered a 2% overall discount to help offset shipping but not sure if that still stands or not. I wish MB had a Military Sales Program as good as BMW's. Friends of mine are getting fully optioned M3s for around $60k. Also having trouble deciding between Palladium and Iridium Silver for the color. Anyone have pics of an Iridium Silver C63?