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Date registered: May 2013
Vehicle: SL500 R230 2003
Location: York, England
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ML163 Almost killed us
While recently on a trip, I was going down a fast country road at around 30mph behind 2 tractors and some other articulated machine.
After some time the opportunity came to pass them.
I began to pass them initially without stress... as you can imagine lots of inpatient drivers behind.. followed me..close to my bumper...
2/3rd's in i hit a bump in the road...
The car then throws a wobbly, revs and drops into neutral.. I am trapped with absolutely no where to go... It took my quick thinking, hazards, blasting of horn.. arms out the window... fortunately I barge my way in between the tractors... the cars behind were also in mayhem, brakes, cars on grass..
Now.. I was fortunate - lucky on this occasion. Truck stops and works as normal after turning off... It has done this lots of times on the journey home.. sometimes moving manually gets a low gear but mostly nothing happens at all.. remains driveless...I dare not trust it to over take. I am about to visit the garage this afternoon.
Thing is i discover this is by design ! to prevent catastrophic failure.. MB think saving the car is more important than my children. Had my wife been driving.. I am not so sure of the outcome.
I will never buy another MB after this experience.. I have an SL500 which will be going.. i drive that on occasion with some fire and can see the day it also fails.. as I am told they all do eventually.
This is the craziest safety measure I have ever seen and should never of been in place or gotten past so many people. Cant believe once people are aware of it they actually buy another. How have MB gotten away with such a silent killer. I imagine many are already dead without the cause being identified.
Are the new MB exactly the same... my SL is an R270 2003
What do others think?