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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-30-2008, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by SEC-Brian View Post
Last week while my 1987 560 SEC was at the local dealer for repairs, they loaned me a 2006 C-class. I think it was a C320.

On the highway, in the left lane, driving the 06 C-class, the right rear tire blew. It sounded like a shotgun went off! I'm not sure what caused this, but what happened next was VERY dangerous.

The car began to slow down rapidly. I went from 70 to 40 in a matter of seconds. I needed to get to the right shoulder immediately, with the traffic on my right flying past at 70+ mph, I tried to give it a little gas so I could merge right. No dice. THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL TURNED THE GAS PEDAL OFF!!! As in, the gas pedal did nothing. I could not accelerate.

I was taught when I was learning to drive that the throttle is an important tool in accident avoidance. More than once, I have used the throttle to rotate the car and regain control - or to accelerate slightly to merge right when a tire blows, for example.

In the end, I caused a huge traffic jam and had to wait for an opening to get over to the right. Long story short, the ESC could have gotten me killed.

One more reason I still love my '87 560.

Please note that there are serious issues in relation to the activation of ESP during normal driving conditions ie Engine output decrease & Auto Brake Application.There would appear to be problems associated with the installation of Nokia Car Phone kits activating EPS systems on certain stretches of road due to Electro Magnetic Radation, Phone Mast Radation & Burglar alarms fitted to Buissness premises near roadways.Dealers will replace engine Crank Shaft Sensors to no avail. ESP activation under normal driving conditions on motorways can Kill You !
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I usually hear a lot of people complaining that their esp or abs systems was the cause of the accident, but I think these people should have had the accident without the esp or abs so that they can tell the difference. It is saving a lot of lives and people do not know it.

However, I do have one thing against esp systems in a car: Personally, I would drive the car to it's limits on a bend knowing that there is an esp system to account for my mistakes, and more often than not, it does bail me out! I believe this is very dangerous and that I shouldn't be playing with the outer boundaries of traction, but I am sure there are loads of people like me on this forum who just cannot help it
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Intentionally driving at the limit on public roads is a bad practice, IMHO.

ESP and ABS pluses far exceed the minuses.


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