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Driving a Mercedes in the snow

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mercedes lover, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. mercedes lover

    mercedes lover Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Who here finds their mercedes terrible in the snow, whenever there is snow my parents C230k slids around like mad, and the same with all the merceds owners I know. In my area come snow you see loads of mercedes stuck at the slightest hill, It's not just because it's rear wheel drive because spoke to alot of bmw drivers and they done have such a problem, plus can see them driving about not too bad. Was on slight hill back when we had that snow in london where there was a stand still, poor guy in a lovely silver SLK he was just sliding down the slpi road had to slid into the curb. Was woundering how some of you found your cars in the snow?
     
  2. GrahamC230K

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    Rather poor in the snow.

    High power, high torque, fat wheels, rwd doesn't make for good snow driving.

    ASR and ESP is best switched off in snow too, or it just cuts power and wont let you move.
     
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    Snow? Snow Problem!

    Use my V class MPV every year in the Bavarian, Swiss and Italian Alps, lots of snow, no problem!
    Never noticed any other Merc Owners having any particular problems either.
     
  4. OP
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    yeah but vito113 in the alps do u fit snow chains or winter tyres because my german mate said they fit them in germany makes a whole lot of diference plus is your vito rear wheel drive?
     
  5. GrahamC230K

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    I think in a proper depth of snow it is easier to drive than the ice/slush we get.

    Drivers in the Alps will have at least winter if not snow tyres, a bit different to our all season/summer tyres.
     
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    Thats what the german person said if you have snow all the time you adapt not like here 1 day its snow next its an ice rink
     
  7. vito113

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    Michelin Agilis M&S

    Mines fitted from new with Michelin Agilis Tyres. They are M&S rated and the first set were changed at 76,000 miles!!!

    Front wheel drive, but I use Winter mode on the Autobox :)
     
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    I always found that Automatics were easier to drive in mucky conditions, select Winter Mode (second gear starting) and off you go. Scandinavians like them too! Your right Graham, deeper snow is a bit easier than the muck we get, but it surprising how quickly you adapt to snow driving. I think a lot of the problems could be down to the fact that most Mercs tend to have tyres like Pirelli 6000's etc, these have almost no shoulder pattern and its the tyre edges that provide nearly all then traction in snow. My Agilis' have a normal road pattern but the shoulders are quite notchy to give them the M&S rating.
     
  9. pammy

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    Apart from the tyres - we just don't get enough practise and don't know how to drice in ice and snow generally. The number of people you see stuck in a rut of snow or ice revving their engines with the wheels - front or back -spinning like crazy :D

    Having said that some cars are better than others. Many many many years ago I had a Chrysler(when they were Talbot) Sunbeam. The weatherman only had to say ice and it did a pirrouette :D I've never had a car that spun like that one did. The best I had was a Mini. Wheels on each corner and fwd meant it just climed over any snow rather then trying to plough through it. Mind I do remember one very bad year when the snow was so deep and had been compacted on the roads by other cars and buses that a couple of times, I got stuck in others wheel ruts and slid along on my sump :D

    But for all of us who might meet some of the lovely stuff in the next few days - take care and if any doubt, leave the precious one at home and get a bus :rock:
     
  10. OP
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    Thats not the main reason because my parents A class like your Vito is front wheel drive and is very good in the snow and has same tyre style as the C230k. Your see when you get your C230k and go to drive off in slush and ice like you do with your front wheel drive vito.
     
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    That sounds like a lovely SLK you have. I agree with what you say I have seen people with there foot flat doing about 2 mph when there wheels are doing about 40mph and they do it all the way up the road. Out of interest have you driven your SLK yet in snow?
     
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    Nope - not had any yet - looking out for tomorrow and Monday though as it's forecast - ooh 'er :D Just lucky to live on roads that North Yorkshire Council is very good at gritting and keeping clear. If our roads are blocked, then no one else is going anywhere :D Triuble is it stops as soon as it hits West Yorkshire - so I can get to Harewood and no further :D :rock: :bannana:

    I have to think how I might get it out of our drive as it does have a bit of a short but definite slope on it, do I go forwards or backwards? :confused: Had no prob's getting the MGF out ;) will have to see how it goes - watch this space :p

    btw - thanks - I do love my car and I am very pleased with it. Have had the roof down for the past three days as it's been so lovely. People look at me a bit odd as they're freezing but I'm toasty warm and enjoying the sun :D :rock:
     
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    Mine was terrible in the snow we had last year, just couldn't get the car up the slightest of hills, I tried every combination of traction control on/off, winter mode on the autobox etc.

    But... the Lexus I had before was just as bad, Powerfull RWD cars with performance wheels/tyres and snow just don't go.
     
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    I once owned a BMW 320CSi which was absolutly useless in either snow or wet weather, Then bought a Volvo 360 GLT which was just as bad. I lived in Germany then where the winters can be quite bad. The best snow car I have ever driven was an Audi 80. I have yet to experience snow in a Merc, we dont get a lot of it in Blackpool :D
     
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    I wouldn't say there is much difference in the ability of the Mercs and BMWs I've driven in bad weather - from my experience it seems to be mostly down to the tyres......from what I understand Z rated tyres don't get on too well in temperatures under 7 deg C. I don't need to have ice or snow on the ground to have problems in the M3 - if the tyres are very cold (e.g. standing in freezing conditions for a day) then I'll be spinning the wheels at 2000rpm in 3rd gear in a straight line with a feather-light throttle. Give it a couple of miles to get some heat into the tyres and it's fine - not looking forward to the white stuff arriving too much after this experience, since my C280 never had a problem with the cold, and that would barely get up my gently sloping drive in the snow!
     
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    I struggled to get home from work in the snow last year, I ended up climbing a hill with W and reverse selected, much to the amusement of the onlookers.
     
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    I drove mine in the snow last year. Whilst it was okay on tarmac, it was plain scary on cobbles - the streets round home are cobbled. I remember praying for the car to gain traction as at ~ 2mph it was sliding a little too close towards a parked Jag. Not fun. :crazy:

    Just looked out my window and it's now white over. Will leave the car parked up tomorrow if it's not cleared up tonight. Damn, i should have had a couple of quid on a white xmas! :rolleyes:
     
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    :bannana: bring it on :bannana: i LURVE the white stuff - even if it is a poop to drive in

    Hope it's not too bad for ya Simon - go wrap a big snuggly blanket around your SLK keep her snug :D
     
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    I drove my C240 in snow last year without a problem running the crappiest tyres known to the planet ( p6000's :devil: ) I didnt have a any more of a problem with traction than i did in the wet. Just put in w and Look WELL ahead of whats happening and keep the car moving and you should be okies. :)

    But , was quite amusing as i only had ASR and dumping the pedal led to some wicked manouvers :) Only late at night mind :) I kept my ESP on in the A160 Auto and found it to be useful in the snow . Just give it a few revs and it gets its way out snow no problems. Sorted :)

    When i had the C220 CDI i took it to an empty Safeway carpark with fresh snow and had lots of fun :)

    Yeah , its a pain to drive in the snow , but untill i justify having run my car and an X5 ( for the wife and little ones of course ) im just going to have to put up with it. :bannana: :D
     
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    No problem with a 230k in snow, won't have to! My wifes just bought an Honda 4x4 so it's snow fear for me!
     

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