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My car is trying to outthink me!

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by dry run, Dec 5, 2018 at 3:45 PM.

  1. dry run

    dry run Senior Member

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    When it gets overcast/dull/dusk, my headlights come on, the instrument binacle lights up as does the sat nav, However, the control buttons for the telephone, heater, radio etc do not!

    Now when it gets darker, they do suddenly spring to life. It's like the car's telling me "I don't think you need these illuminated yet". I can't seem to trick it either by manually turning on the headlights.

    Does it know something I don't? :)
     
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    Blobcat Moderator

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    I spent quiet awhile when I first had my W211 working out why the interior lights didn't work when I opened the door. Eventually I worked out it was because it wasn't dark...
     
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  3. alexanderfoti

    alexanderfoti MBO Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    there is no way to change it unfortunately.
     
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    dry run

    dry run Senior Member

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    Oh well - it is a bit of a first world problem though :)
     
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  5. LostKiwi

    LostKiwi Senior Member

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    My car always out thinks me. Just when I think I've sorted the last niggle it gives me a new one!
     
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    I can't compete against all the computing power on these cars, thankfully I don't need to - my car is thinking for me.
     
  7. umblecumbuz

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    Ahh ... Mercedes. They're such involving cars!
     
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    They're not that ****** clever, the headlights don't turn on in daytime fog
     
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    They're as clever as the human that designed them!
     
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    Overly complicated. The NTG has a sensor, the instruments have a sensor, the dipped lights have a sensor, and they are not aligned.
     
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    Is the lack of switch lights linked to the sunset time in the same way that the SATNAV changes over to the night time map setting...I'll have to check it out!!
     
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    no the cost of a sensor that notices its foggy and reliably turns on the lights in day time isn't going to add to Mercedes profits so they leave it off....

    don't forget the accounts reaction to the engineers saying its less safe, was "if they smash it up we sell another car, now get back in your box you interfering idiot!"
     
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    Merc can't even put a light around the/my light switch to tell you where the rotary bit, that is illuminated, is lining up o_O
     
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    IT got my baffled too when I 1st got the car, few days later driving down the M25 at dusk time the heating and stereo lights would not come on, and though "oh great a fault in the car" also knew it was still under warranty so didn't care at that point lol
     
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    Maybe not with daytime fog but the chav cars seem to automatically turn on whether there's fog or not.
     
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    They're the cars with fogwits for owners...
     
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