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GL320 CDI - automatically accelerating

In October of 2007 we purchased our GL320 CDI. Nice SUV as SUVs go, however, we noticed something odd during the summer of 2008. Whilst pulling into the driveway of a friend whose driveway was small stones (they were having it paved later in the summer), the GL suddenly accelerated, I quickly put my foot on the brake. Luckily there were no cars in the driveway and I missed hitting his newly installed garage door. My husband and I just thought this was a fluke, however, 2 weeks ago while pulling into a parking space (as you can imagine I was going very slowly) the SUV just went wild and accelerated on its own, this time I did not have enough time to react and I hit a lamp-post. The airbags did not deploy but there is upward of $15,000 of damage done mostly to the computer stuff and sensors on the front.

Has anyone else had this problem? We figure it was the computer thinking that because I was on gravel (the parking lot is old and quite gravelly), the SUV computer took over and accelerated. Thank God no-one was in front of me otherwise they would have been killed. I was not impressed with the investigation of the mercedes rep here in Burlington Ontario. It was like they did not want to admit there is a problem with this vehicle or at least the computer in the SUV. If it happens again we intend to sue.
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