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Best way to drive on ice?

I'm wondering how everyone here handles winter driving in the w202. Is it best to use winter mode? That would seem obvious but today winter mode wasn't letting me accelerate quick enough at lights. Then there's ASR. Should that be on or off?
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Are you using snow tires?

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I have an older one without traction control. Its tricky to say the least. I pray there is no snow and if there is I find a FWD car to take instead. I also keep a set of snow chains in the trunk just in case I get caught in a snow storm, but bottom line this is the worst car I have ever driven on the snow. And I used to consider myself a better than average bad weather driver, but not with this car thats for sure.
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Get snow chains on the rear. Ive tried driving with both the asr on and off and in my opinion ASR does not help get getting out of parking space as it locks the wheels instantly.

I'm not a qualified mechanic, but i know my s**t
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In the winter, I drive in W-mode with traction control off from a stop. With it on, I can't accelerate worth a damn. Once I'm up to speed I do turn it back on if I'm not 100% concentrated on driving, it does a wonderful job keeping the car from skidding or losing control. But it's completely worthless when coming from a dead stop or going up a hill.
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First, we're talking about driving on ice, and I don't understand the acceleration issue. With ice driving, the trick is just to stay on the road.

With my 280, I just left it in Winter mode all year. If I wanted to accelerate, I just stepped on the throttle and the car went. Basically, it would downshift.

Winter mode starts in 2nd gear and upshifts earlier. With ice, you're better off starting in 3rd or 4th, which of course, you can't do with an automatic.

In any case, winter mode and normal mode are just one toggle switch away from each other anyway. When the road is good and the weather is above freezing, switch back.
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best way to drive on ice? you always avoid driving in ice, doesn't matter if you have 4-matic, snow tires, a jeep or a subaru, you will always slide on ice. if you absolutely have to drive, then use cables or chains.
on snow is different story, since you will be fine with good set of snow tires for rear wheels. not necessary having front snow tires, but it's a big plus. coming downhills always manually lower gears, and drive slow.
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I have a 1996 Mercedes C220 that does not have ASR or W/S Mode, just recently took it to the mountains this last storm we had and it was a drive to remember! any spots of ice id hit on the road the rear end would want to go its own way, it was really tricky to keep it on the road the trick is to keep steady acceleration and no abrupt turning, and i had goodyear Eagle F1 all season tires,
but i made it to the chain check point and i was happy once the snow cables were on, made the drive much more enjoyable knowing my rear end wont want to spin out at any second.

But the safest way to go is full rear snow tires and carry cables because no matter if they are snow tires you would still slide on ice, this way you have the safety of cables or chains on your side. here is a photo of the trip with my brother and his w124 E420

Overall Mercedes cars are a thrill to drive in any weather

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Get good(!) snow tires and driving in winter will be a joy. But get bad snow tires and it becomes a nightmare.
Out cars are often front-heavy but rear-driven, so you want to put some junk (sack of sand and a shovel, ideally) to the trunk, and go easy on the throttle unless stuck - then you want to push it hard for ASR to do it's job.
If you learn to drift then a whole new world opens for you, depending on legislation in your area I'm used to drifting through half intersections here in winter and police don't care as long as you don't endanger anybody, I know in the US a wheelspin is considered a capital crime so... YMMV
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