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Daylight Savings Time?

I thought our car's clocks were automatically set and reset via satellite, but I just received an unsolicited e-mail from MBUSA titled "Setting the clock in your Mercedes-Benz." It provides step-by-step instructions for resetting our clocks in cars w/ and w/out COMAND. Why wouldn't the satellite know about the early DST change? Can anyone explain what's up w/ that?

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I've got 2 of those messages already. Since we have 4 MB registered at this address, I am expecting more.
No atomic, or satellite clocks in our cars as far as I know.
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I have never had to reset the clock before, and my Operator's Manual says there is an automatic GPS setting and a manual setting. And from what I understand, if the car can "see" a GPS it will keep time from the GPS. I think I also read somewhere that my car clock is automatically checked/reset every time I start the car. Maybe the GPS isn't programmed to pick up the new earlier DST? I'm confused...

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I have never had to reset the clock before, and my Operator's Manual says there is an automatic GPS setting and a manual setting. And from what I understand, if the car can "see" a GPS it will keep time from the GPS. I think I also read somewhere that my car clock is automatically checked/reset every time I start the car. Maybe the GPS isn't programmed to pick up the new earlier DST? I'm confused...
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You answered your own question.
Why wouldn't the GPS "know" about the new DST? They are constantly programmed and re-programmed from the ground, I believe. This should be SOP...

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Only one of our MB has GPS build-in, so I might check it.
I own couple of portable GPS and to my knowledge they don't take the time from satellites. My handheld has 10-years battery build in just to keep the time and memory.
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I don't know either, but I had to re-set mine last October when it went the other way. I also received an email a couple of days ago, as I did shortly before the EDT -> EST change. "Our" definitive answer is probably in the COMAND operator's guide somewhere,

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I thought our car's clocks were automatically set and reset via satellite, but I just received an unsolicited e-mail from MBUSA titled "Setting the clock in your Mercedes-Benz." It provides step-by-step instructions for resetting our clocks in cars w/ and w/out COMAND. Why wouldn't the satellite know about the early DST change? Can anyone explain what's up w/ that?
Inferior design?
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"Our" definitive answer is probably in the COMAND operator's guide somewhere,
Yes. I looked at my COMAND manual and it said my car's clock is automatically set by GPS. There is a Manual set mode too, but they said that was used when the car battery had been disconnected. Otherwise it should be automatic. I now think "our definitive answer" will come tomorrow after I start the car...

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Yes: I too think the GPS suffers from inferior design, if it doesn't "know" about the earlier DST.

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