Thanks, looks like they’ve finally got round to fixing this. My last few Mercs have shown the speed in km/h instead. I know it was down to Mercedes interpretation of the need to display this but hugely irritating none the less. I can’t think of any other manufacturer who took this approach.
Out of interest, has this been resolved on the newer models with the large, LCD display.The issue is with the incorrect explanation provided by MB UK Customer Services to all those who enquired about this feature. MB said it was a legal requirement. But this explanation is incorrect because it is not why this change was implemented. Customer Services in the UK probably never actually spoke to Engineering in Germany about this.
The real reason for this feature is slightly more intricate. While simply setting the digital speed display on the instrument cluster to display the speed in Kmh satisfies the legal requirements, it would have also meant that you can't change the instrument cluster display to anything else other than digital speed display (e.g. satnav instructions or phone) when driving in the Continent. So without this feature, a significant part of the instrument cluster functionality would have been unavailable to UK drivers on the Continent.
Martinjs wrote "there are plenty of good independent MB specialists around". True but beware: I had my car serviced by an independent specialist (approved by MB) and there were no problems with the service provided, and we got a proper Mercedes stamp in the book (so to speak).
The unexpected problem arose when my wife managed to run out of fuel. The lifetime Mercedes recovery/assistance service, is not available unless you have had the car serviced by the official dealer network. For me this proved to a false economy. It was only the second time I have called on the roadside assistance in over 20 years of Mercedes ownership - the first time was a flat tyre. This may speak to the basic reliability of the brand.
bet yours is ruby red ??I swapped from the Focus model, I’ve owned all generations the last being a 16 plate ST3.
I now own a 17 plate C Class AMG Line petrol and love it. No problems so far, but I do few miles in it.
If you decide on one, try and find one in a nice colour, red or blue maybe.