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Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 2004 C230 Sport Sedan, 2005 C240 Wagon
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ESP "off" really means ESP "reduced" - "OFF" will allow some wheel spin, and even getting the car sideways if you are really good and/or stupid, but it really only backs off computer intervention - it does not turn it OFF. And if you trigger anti-lock function, ESP will switch back to fully ON.
You can turn ESP and traction complete off -- the procedure was printed in Car and Driver magazine some time ago and you may be able to find it on caranddriver.com. I have tried their method and it will COMPLETELY disable anti-lock, traction control and stability control - this is a test mode (for dynos, etc.,).