Date registered: Jun 2010
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After 2-weeks of testing this cl55 for consistent power (and a new throttle body assembly due to inconsistent power/cutting off at 5k rpms too), it's become clear that on June 11, 2006 we were traveling at a mere 25-28mph when the driver braced on the throttle initiating that very effective automatic downshift into the sweet spot of 1st gear.
At 30mph it's holding the 2nd gear (which is boggish). At 25-28mph it lights up like a rocket (the same event that inadvertently lunged us out of our lane a few moments prior). Now I have to figure out how to produce that kind of acceleration from a dead stop. Even though it's 0-60' time is 1.9-2.0sec on street tires w/full pressure, it just doesn't match that sensation of a neutral-drop affect upon an automatic downshift (like the kompressor is charged/spooled up). I anticipated this process for over 1/2-decade now. And yet it's the saddest experience that a sole survivor could possibly imagine. Why a company like Mercedes Benz would deny Newton's 2nd Law of Physics (F=ma) and call me a liar and incompetent engineer. Soon, a website will be launched that'll database corporate behaviors such as this one across a variety of products & services so customers can choose who to support. This isn't just about one crash test anymore, this is about ethics and fundamental decency. Unless Mercedes-Benz knows something Izac Newton did not.....
Factually speaking when there are two equal and opposite forces acting against each other (decceleration from the collision and acceleration from the rear tires), the bumper accelerometers (2) caught between the crumpling limo (we were spearing thru) and the CL55 compacting itself from rear wheel power will not detect enough decceleration to timely deploy the airbags. I've already heard that a driver should not brace on the accelerator and not every circumstance can be designed for. Yet we have a situation where one man was able to predict in a long moment (a second before your death is still a lifetime) that a design fault will occur. And we have a very simple solution of mechanical-electrical sensors telling the airbag computer that metal is crumpling without decceleration being sensed. It was the 3rd sensor in the firewall that finally triggered the airbags and by then we impacted the dashboard. How Mercedes-Benz can claim that their airbags deployed timely and saved my life with a steering wheel pressed into the dashboard by a driver with a ravaged front-body cavity (broken rib cage, collapsed lung, sliced up liver and aortic), a living passenger with numerous limb-breaks and 2-front seat occupants with documented rear/top head injuries is nothing short of a sin, especially when coupled with their denial of Newton's 2nd law of physics against a collision pulse (claiming acceleration has no affect on the pulse of a collision 'whatsoever'). Now i have to decide if this frontal barrier test will be at 30mph, partial or full frontal, the amount of 'cushion' material on the barrier (representative of another vehicle's absorption), and if we can approach from a rolling start for a realistic power output. I just cannot believe a company such as Mercedes-Benz will still not sit down with me and go over this in an objective format. They should call NHRA and tell them there's no reason to require helmuts when you break into the 13's, roll cages and 5-point harnesses when you break into the 11's, certified roll cages and so on...... Something even AMG acknowledged between the 2009 and 2010 SL Black Series vehicles (removing seats w/integrated seatbelts for a shoulder harness connected directly to an integrated rollcage). We all know big companies play big games, but there's a limit to such disgrace, lies, and outright irresponsible behavior from a manufacturer against anybody supporting AMG vehicles.
Last edited by virage105; 05-31-2013 at 07:15 PM.