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Distronic query

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by SL55 Mark, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. SL55 Mark

    SL55 Mark Senior Member

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    I've been using my distronic quite a bit lately, and finding it quite fun.

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    Is it possible to have normal cruise control like we had in our clk ? Just the ability to dial in a speed and leave it ? I don't mean the limit function, I have found that. I just can't seem to make it ignore the car in front (unless there isn't a car in front of course). Any thoughts from the experts out there ?
     
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    No I don't think so.
    All you can do is adjust the distance at which it will keep your car from the one in front.
     
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    On cars fitted with Distronic (as opposed to Tempomat) then the Distronic function is not separate from the "regulator" part.
     
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    Maintaining a speed and ignoring the slower car in front sounds like a recipe for disaster. You can accelerate to pass without affecting the Distronic setting so why would normal cruise be a benefit?
     
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    You set distronic in the same way that you set CC just set it at the desired speed and that is it, I use it on all types of road, so going say 60 and I hit a 50 zone, 2 pushes down and the speed is set to 50, simpler that just cannot be
     
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    Oh well, sounds like mine is working as intended, just thought I'd check.

    I got confused by the manual, which seemed to imply that I have CC and distronic, which is clearly not the case.
     
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    Lol Iwould not ignore them, I was just wondering if the CC could be made to, like in a "normal" car, but apparently not.
     
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    I find the Distronic the most useful option on the car. :D
     
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    I must admit that I have mine set to the minimum distance that it is happy with, mainly because when cruising on the motorway people have a tendency to pull out infront of you at a distance at which the distronic then applies the brakes.

    However, the function that I use the most is the speed limiting feature. Far more useful in roadworks where the traffic density can give the Distronic a fit, I also find it more relaxing as I feel in control rather than worrying about when the distronic will brake or not.
     
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    Well, I like it. It takes some nerve not to touch the brake pedal when approaching a queue of stationary vehicles, but definitely fun.
     
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    Also, I've just spotted, it was a £1,600 option in 2004 :shock: you can quite a nice car for that :shock:
     
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    With my distronic plus it takes the car down to a stop and the car starts off again as the traffic starts up. You soon get used to the fact that it is going to stop :D.
     
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    I agree and that is the annoying bit on motorways, where people jump in if you leave a gap of any size, they cut in causing your car to brake.:(
     
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    Well that's the thing, I hover my foot over he brake pedal just in case !

    Starting off again would be amazing, that sounds good.
     
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    On the 230 and others yes the car will bleep if it cannot cope with stopping, in a few years you will learn to trust it, on the plus version only fitted to the S class cars the cars seems to brake easier and I do not get that bleep asking you to assist much at all,, only once in Germany in fact
     
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    That got on my nerves as well at the beginning, but now I leave the distance at a reasonble setting ('bout 1/2 way), and if someone pulls out, without it being an emergency, you just need to give a little pressure on the accelerator to cut out the Distronic temporarily. Ease off acc. when distance OK.

    Simples: no braking, and Distronic still "on". :D
     
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    Yes a nice way to do it as you can over ride the system and just leave the overtaking one that intended to cut in, just to gain 5 metres of road with no where to go :D
     

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