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Unhappy Please Help '95 C280 inoperable :( Bad ASR?

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Please help. I would be very grateful.

The issue:

Last night I took the car for a drive (the streets were slightly wet from the rain). As I was coming towards a Stop sign for left turn, I decided to see if there would be any difference in the handling of the car when I pressed the ASR off switch. When I pressed the button, a steady amber triangle with and exclamation mark sign appeared in the dash, I pressed the gas pedal hard and made my left turn. Well, I didn't notice anything much different after I made the turn so I pressed button again to enable ASR. At less than 500yd ahead I stopped at an intersection to wait for traffic to clear, when it did, I tried to accelerate to go forward but the car wasn't moving. When I looked at my dash I noticed the RPM gauge showing about 600 RPM, I tried to hit the gas again but there was no change in RPM. I turned the keys to the Off position and cranked the car. Again the RPM was steady at 600 but nothing happened when I pressed the gas pedal, then I noticed that the ASR indicator was lit in the dash. Has anyone had this problem before? Where exactly are the ASR components in the car? (By the way I had to drive home with the engine on idle, which was not very far thankfully)


About my car:

1995 C280 with 128K miles. Replaced the OVP relay (which was bad), the spark plug wires (including the boots) and two of the ignition coils. The car has been running well (other than a misfire and a cutting off issue, which was corrected with the replacement of the ignition components listed earlier and the OVP Realy, respectively). I have noticed a slight decrease in power before this happened but I don't know how much is significant since I got the car about four months ago.

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Sorry to be the first responder, because I absolutely hated my 95 C280 and was glad when it left my fleet. That having been said, I hope you are enjoying yours and it gives you many years of enjoyable motoring. Sooo many of the problems with the W202 (and you should probably post in that forum) is related to wire harness insulation that degrades and leads to all sorts of electrical gremlins. Has your wiring harness been replaced? You can use the "search" function at the top of the page to educate yourself about this and other problems related to your vehicle.

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Sorry to be the first responder, because I absolutely hated my 95 C280 and was glad when it left my fleet. That having been said, I hope you are enjoying yours and it gives you many years of enjoyable motoring. Sooo many of the problems with the W202 (and you should probably post in that forum) is related to wire harness insulation that degrades and leads to all sorts of electrical gremlins. Has your wiring harness been replaced? You can use the "search" function at the top of the page to educate yourself about this and other problems related to your vehicle.
Thanks for your reply. I did know that there have been issues with the electrical components on the C280 due to the degraded insulation in the wiring harness. In fact when I read about this went and checked the car for this problem and found that the wiring harness that goes from the transmission to a connector in the front of the driver side had this issue. I replaced this particular set of wires about two months ago with new ones and they car did run better.

Other than that harness I did not find any other problems where wires' insulation had degraded. Did this happen only to some wires that were made from a biodegradable material which when exposed to heat and the elements over time turn to crumbs or does this happen to wires in the interior of the car as well?

Thanks for your suggestion about the W202 forum.

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