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Crazy things Mercedes can do.

As a child, in the late 1960's, I saw a sheep farmer tow his broken-down 10-ton sheep truck to the railway station, with his 230SE fintail.


I have traversed deep sand and deeply rutted farm tracks and even a badly eroded road with my various W115's. Roads that others buy 4x4's to traverse, was driven upon in my daily commute.


With my 1976 230.4, I pulled out a 12ft high tree with a 6-inch thick trunk, without hassles. I did so after the owner of a little Mazda 323 tried it with his car. The tree won't budge but I saw that it stretched around the B-pillars with every attempt. The Merc did it in an instant and suffered no damage.


Years ago, an uncle and a cousin drove around in the Karoo desert, hunting hares with a .22 repeater rifle. All done from within a brand new 280SE. No roads at all.


We also once noticed a late 1970's 350SE fording a shallow river mouth, about a foot deep, to take its occupants on a fishing trip down a long, sandy beach.


Where did your Merc sedan afford you some adventure?

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When you drive from Palm Springs, CA to Las Vegas, NV you can go around on the freeways, or you can save about 50 miles doing a short cut. That was era when google satellite pictures were not available and the map did not say the condition of the road. I had new ML320 so did not think twice. The road that was wide and asphalt when I turned on it, 3 miles later turned to be sand for remaining 60 miles.
I drove 60 mph on it. Fact is that seeing traction light coming at 60mph raise your heart beat.
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ML320 in ''Desert Storm''

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When you drive from Palm Springs, CA to Las Vegas, NV you can go around on the freeways, or you can save about 50 miles doing a short cut. That was era when google satellite pictures were not available and the map did not say the condition of the road. I had new ML320 so did not think twice. The road that was wide and asphalt when I turned on it, 3 miles later turned to be sand for remaining 60 miles.
I drove 60 mph on it. Fact is that seeing traction light coming at 60mph raise your heart beat.

It shows how easily a vehicle can get underestimated. Some owners from Namibia, South Africa and Australia will tell you that your increased heartbeat was unwarranted, as their ML's do that kind of thing before breakfast. I hope that you could enjoy the ride and did not miss out on the fun altogether. I can't fault your apprehension, as I may have reacted the same.
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