how do you release the foot handbrake?
You get an extra point here for brevity Dosco. Just think the kudos the forum will get when he follows your earlier advice and releases the brake - acceleration will improve as will top speed. There will be fewer burning smells when cruising, and fuel economy should be transformed.
So you see, you are providing a public service.
The foot handbrake is one of the few clearly identifiable retrograde steps by Mercedes Benz IMO.
The one time I guess the foot handbrake would be very useful is in the unlikely event that the car's principal brakes fail. Whilst a handbrake could help slow the car and stop it, even a slight person could deliver a lot more energy through a foot parking brake, so it should give a much more impressive backstop in such a situation.
I've never considered myself disabled and totally recovered from severe sciatica first time. Before the second time attack I had just bought a Geared Megane I was unable to lift my leg to depress the clutch, I sold it and bought a W124 Estate and didn't realise it had the foot handbrake.Doh!!! I could not lift my leg to apply pressure. Car was a total dog and I got rid of it, but because I like Mercedes and was recovering some ability to lift my leg from a verticle position months later I bought the S320 which I love. It's still a strain to lift my left leg so high, and try to apply pressure. It compacts the spine and is not a healthy option for anyone with a back complaint. Another downside is I am told, many people don't bother to apply the foot handbrake and invariably it becomes a fail point at MOT's. Nevertheless, I'll put up with the discomfort to enjoy the S320 for as long as possible.