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What Does 'C' & 'S' mean on Gearbox?

Hi all,

I'm new on here but searched the internet an was unable to find a answer and this place looks the best place to find an answer.

I have a '04 Mercedes C200 2.2 Automatic Diesel. It is rubbish in the current snow and I looked to change the gearbox to winter mode but all it seems to have is 'C' and 'S' mode which I took to be Comfort and Sport. Is there really no winter mode?

Assuming 'C' is the best mode to have it in why is the car such rubbish in the snow and ice when other cars like Fords and Fiat's seem to have no problem.

Thanks for any help.
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There is no winter mode on the C-Class. The reason the car is so bad in the snow is because it is lite and RWD. Unless you are running snow tires, you are going to have a hard time driving this car in the snow.

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In the older model, benz use W for winter and S for standard, in new model benz replace the naming of W to C for comfort.

So basiclly C is same things as W winter gear.

The different is that C was start the car from 2nd Gear, change gear at lower rpm, its better to use to drive at the current situration in with snow.

The reason why the car is rubbish is snow, is because the car is Rear wheel drive, ford is front wheel drive.

and this is a common problem with rwd in snow, such as bmw, benz. My dad slk is even worst at snow without winter tyres, its get stuck so much, that now he just park it in the drive way and use a bmw for the time being, which it would still be slighty better than the slk in snow.

however it is still driveable without winter tyres, just drive slowly, no suddent brake, suddent turn or suddent accelatration.

And never do two things at the same time, only do one at a time.

Also our ESP system help to prevent sliding and skiding of the car, however when going uphill or start off from deep snow, may consider turn off esp to get the car start then turn back on, once the car is moving.

Because during those situration we will require the extra power from wheel spin to help the car be unstuck.

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Originally Posted by fleetingmind View Post

Assuming 'C' is the best mode to have it in why is the car such rubbish in the snow and ice when other cars like Fords and Fiat's seem to have no problem.
Fiats and Fords are front drivers; the weight of the drive train is over the driven wheels and so it has better traction in snow than a front engine, rear drive car like the Mercedes. It's simple physics.

The other advice about transmission setting and driving style is good stuff.

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2 wheel drive is 2 wheel drive. Front or rear. You could load up your trunk with sandbags and it will be nearly as good as front wheel drive starting out, but then you will have a new problem of trying to stop more weight.

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