So that's a yes then Trying to keep it simple. Then we can discuss why you only use it occasionally (I'm sure a lot of people will have different views on when it is most helpful).Occasionally use the limiter - no option for that in your poll...
CC is for when traffic is light and a constant speed is wanted, on a powerful car with good soundproofing it is especially useful as you really aren't aware of the difference between 70 and 80 say.Thanks for this poll. I never use speedtronic to limit speed, but frequently use the cruise control to prevent exceeding road speed limits.
Could anyone that uses speedtronic regularly, explain the advantage of it as opposed to simply using cruise control?
Well Mercedes themselves warn against using the limiter on long descents as it uses brakes, but then that is what 99% of drivers seem to do these days. I haven't done enough descending to work out the difference between the implementation on my '99 C240 and my C220Cdi as to how much gear box it uses now as the old box was gear control only, not braked.I use the limiter a lot and believe that it has played a big part in my, now, clean licence.
Can not promise that the limit I set is always the same as the limit in force though.
Does anyone know of any downsides mechanically speaking? I'm thinking of wear on gear boxes maybe?
Yes, SWMBO hates me setting it because after 15 years she still can't tell the difference between it and the indicator, though I have great hopes now that they have finally put the stalks in a more sensible place.Thanks to whitenemesis & IanMSpencer for the explanations of speedtronic.
I will give speedtronic a try.
I think the control for it is on the same stalk as cruise control, and from enabling it once before by accident, I think I had to push the stalk in until the orange light came on.
Re SWMBO Driving must be so confusing when all stalks seem like an indicator lol.Yes, SWMBO hates me setting it because after 15 years she still can't tell the difference between it and the indicator, though I have great hopes now that they have finally put the stalks in a more sensible place.
The only thing to watch is accidentally knocking it on setting of when gets set to 20mph. It gets set in 5mph units. The older models can add 1mph by a pull on the stick, newer ones have a pressure point and clicking beyond the pressure point gives 5mph increments, below that 1mph.
On older models dropping speed needs a bit of time so you either set it early or drive! Newer brake assisted speedtronic is pretty immediate without being vicious, but you might consider going down in steps whereas the older one you just set the target speed and allow the car to catch up.