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Old 18-12-2010, 02:17 PM
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Unhappy C220 Elegance and Snow

Hi,

This subject has been covered I know but I've just bought my car and have found it to be a most enjoyable drive in fine weather. However, in previous cars, I have thoroughly enjoyed driving in the snow but in this one I am terrified. It just slides and totally refuses to go out in the snow and ice.

Bought some snow socks from Mercedes the other day for the rear tyres, but from what I have read, they tear once wet, which is not good if, it is to be believed.

The car does not have winter drive and is automatic, although can knock it into first and/or second gear by just hitting the lever but am still really worried as looking out the window, we have just had another snow shower and it is getting deep.

Last time I was in the house for three days and with Christmas coming I am really worried as I'll be eating snow for Christmas Dinner if I cannot take Sadie out.

Advice would really be appreciated please.

Thank you. Regards, Valerie
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Old 18-12-2010, 02:22 PM
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They are all bad in the snow, the best one i have found is our A,class, snow dont bother that much,

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Old 18-12-2010, 02:32 PM
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Use "C" mode and turn the ESP for starting off in snow. This makes the car start in 2nd gear but allows some wheelspin before the revs are cut.
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LOts of posts about this but to be honest whilst the cars aren't the grippiest in the snow they are still perfectly usable. Its a combination of willingness and a touch of skill, thats all. For example, last year in heavy snow, many collegues who lived far closer to the office were 'snowed in'. I made it in every day, in my mercedes. Perhaps that as the freelancer I was the only one who wasn't getting paid if I didn't show up has something to do with it? Equally I worked from home for 3 days this year, leaving the merc safely cossetted in the garage. But then I could. If it had been the office or nothing, my E class and I would have been cruising down the M1 as usual.
I've been out in the ice today. Sure if Id atempted to exceed 15mph on the side roads I'd have been in trouble. A gentle squeaze of the throttle had the rear squirming and the ESP light flashing, but so what? 15mph is just fine. Drove up a steep side street, if the rear wheels started to spinI backed off, holding at the point fractionally before they spun and was patient (which is the key). I got to the top.
Its easy really.
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Old 18-12-2010, 04:04 PM
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Hi,

This subject has been covered I know but I've just bought my car and have found it to be a most enjoyable drive in fine weather. However, in previous cars, I have thoroughly enjoyed driving in the snow but in this one I am terrified. It just slides and totally refuses to go out in the snow and ice.

Bought some snow socks from Mercedes the other day for the rear tyres, but from what I have read, they tear once wet, which is not good if, it is to be believed.

The car does not have winter drive and is automatic, although can knock it into first and/or second gear by just hitting the lever but am still really worried as looking out the window, we have just had another snow shower and it is getting deep.

Last time I was in the house for three days and with Christmas coming I am really worried as I'll be eating snow for Christmas Dinner if I cannot take Sadie out.

Advice would really be appreciated please.

Thank you. Regards, Valerie
Not sure what you mean by "does not have winter drive".

The box has different settings. Change the setting (as detailed in your handbook!). Leave it D, do not go anywhere near first. Turn the ESP off when starting off if the car refuses to move. But above all...read the book and understand your car.
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Old 18-12-2010, 04:16 PM
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Tyres also make a big difference, my new car has some Dunlop sports on which seem better in the snow than my previous cars Michelin Primacy HPs. Hopefully later on this week I'll be getting my newly acquired, second hand alloys back from the refurbishers shod with some winter tyres and then I hope to see a real improvement (at least when they lose that new tyre greasiness).
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Old 18-12-2010, 04:19 PM
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LOts of posts about this but to be honest whilst the cars aren't the grippiest in the snow they are still perfectly usable. Its a combination of willingness and a touch of skill, thats all. .
Well said, agree 100%. Possibly a question of lattitude as much as attitude??

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Old 18-12-2010, 09:24 PM
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Talking of snow and icy conditions we are experiencing, my C220 sport auto model keeps freezing me out of the doors. Its seems that the central locking system is freezing and I can go no-where until the sun comes out or the temperature goes up. Has anyone else had any problems like this?? It is really frustrating, having to wait until around 11.30am before I can get in it, also as I work til 10pm at night, I have the worry of it freezing before I can get home, (some days I am lucky to be able to park under cover). I have the one lock on my passenger front door but have never been able to open the door with the key since I had the car. As soon as the car has defrosted, it drives really well with no problems what-so-ever. Anyone have any ideas before I put it back in the garage costing me another arm & leg???
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Old 18-12-2010, 09:29 PM
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Get some silicon grease and wipe it over the door rubbers and they will not stick or freeze
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They are all bad in the snow, the best one i have found is our A,class, snow dont bother that much,

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