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Just been out for a burble in the CLS and not for the first time, managed to catch the downshift button behind the steering wheel whilst negotiating a roundabout. Now the exit from the roundabout was, erm, spirited and the sound was majestic but I'd rather it happened when I wanted it to, not by accident! :Oops:

Anyone else occasionally catch the steering wheel shifter buttons? Would this not be so easy if they were the paddle type?
 

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Just been out for a burble in the CLS and not for the first time, managed to catch the downshift button behind the steering wheel whilst negotiating a roundabout. Now the exit from the roundabout was, erm, spirited and the sound was majestic but I'd rather it happened when I wanted it to, not by accident! :Oops:

Anyone else occasionally catch the steering wheel shifter buttons? Would this not be so easy if they were the paddle type?

Don't have them on mine, sadly.

Makes for one heck of an excuse though... M'lud! :lol:
 

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I have paddles - though I don't use them much - catching them by mistake isn't a problem.

Is there a mod you could do Peter - a later wheel perhaps?

Some nice alu paddles ones around.
 
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I've never inadvertently operated the paddles and I know I'm in a minority but I find them a pointless novelty unless its a Ferrari!

.....I'm not completely sure I'd notice much difference on a roundabout if I inadvertently downshifted with my 2.0 ltr diesel! :shock:
 

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Are you saying the paddles are less prone to being 'nudged'? 'Cos the buttons are only just proud of the rim surface I do find my fingers brush over them easily. Perhaps with the paddles being stood away it would be ok..

Here you go:
 
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Thanks John. If you were to shave off the paddle you'd be left with, what on my wheel is, the button. Too easy for fingers to press whilst spinning the wheel!
 
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The paddles attach to the steering column, is that where the button is?
 
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Both paddles and buttons attach to the exact same point on the rear of the steering wheel boss. It's just that the paddles are lifted away from the steering wheel rim and so (I assume) fingers would pass underneath them.
 
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Thanks David, I had seen that some time back. TBH my wheel is rather tired looking, so I think I may use this "problem" as an excuse to buy a new wheel with paddles ;)
 
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This looks good, reasonable price, better than the wood/leather version anyway!
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-...arts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4cfb24732a
 

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yes, did that a few times on my C55 buttons. Never, so far, with the paddles on the C63
 

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2 weeks & counting !!! I must have fallen in love with my E class again ( I blame my Audi, as i just changed the wheel on it & refuse to drive the "E" until it's wheel is swapped out !! )

Much thicker & a nice gentle flat bottom touch to it.

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HTH :)
 

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This looks good, reasonable price, better than the wood/leather version anyway!
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mercedes-...arts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4cfb24732a

I've just bought one of them, wanted the all leather one but none appeared for a few months so bit the bullet. Wheel itself is lovely, the improvement over the old 55 one is massive, much thicker in all the right places which is what I hated about the original one, it really is like driving a different car. The alcantara does feel special too and matches the seats and gear knob obviously.

Now to the paddles. First off be wary of the Polish guy, he is not Swedish and not in Sweden, he sends out wheels with knowingly knackered paddles and I'm currently waiting for replacements. Compared to the buttons they project out from where the buttons are and towards the rim so could potentially get in the way depending on how you hold the wheel. To press they are very firm compared to the buttons so not sure you could just nudge them but equally I don't know how you manage to accidently press a button :)

Hope that helps.
 

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saw that seller, he is a liability ! and a knob.

Asked for a different colour, guess what, sold out, didn't ever have BLACK for sale, but sold out anyway...

LOL...

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Received my replacement paddles and fitted them this afternoon. Obviously they don't do anything different to the buttons which I never touched after the first day but I went for a quick spin and found my self naturally using them, perhaps because they feel more mechanical and therefore subconsciously atttached to the gearbox.

Silly I know, but I've read of others who didn't use the buttons but make regular use of paddles after changing them.
 


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