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C230 winter driving

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This is my first winter with a 2007 C230 sport. I have purchased a winter tire and wheel set. I am wondering how much adding weight to the trunk will help in snow/ice conditions. I am thinking of putting sandbags or bags of oildry, but am not sure how many kg it will take to have a positive effect.
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sandbags work in front trunks on the cars with rear engine like Porsche.
If you can find iced and empty parking lot, turn off ESP and try some donuts.
Otherwise switch transmission to W and let the car brain do the driving.
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If you added the weight near the center of the car then it really wouldn't affect the handling too much, but even then it would be harder to stop. Like if you flop a couple of sand tubes over the rear "hump" on the floor of the rear seats that might help slightly. Only downside is that they leak.

Sand bags are more a pickup truck trick, but the principle ought to be the same on a Merc.

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My father always put a bag of coarse salt for melting sidewalk snow in the trunk of the cars we drove in. Probably a couple of 20-lb bags. It served to add weight over the axle but also had the added benefit of providing traction and melting ice if we were to get stuck somewhere.


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I'm not sure of the weight distribution on a C230 but assuming it's roughly 55:45 f:r that gives you about 150lbs to play with before upsetting the handling too much. I used to carry 2 of those sand tubes in the most forward part of the trunk and it seemed to help.

You do not want to put the weight behind the rear axle. Also remember if you load up the trunk with a bunch of heavy cargo you might end up driving a pendulum if you don't remove the sand.

Others swear by clay based cat liter or rock salt. Especially if you end up using it for traction if you get stuck.
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