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Old 09-26-2005, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What does W/S button by the shifter do?

I have a 2001 E430 4Matic

Anyone know what the W/S (Winter/Sport) rocker button next to the shifter does? How does it help and what are the best times to use W mode & S mode? The manual did not have an elaborate answer. In these times of high gas prices - will one give me better mileage than the other? (My brother in law told me that the W would give me better mileage because it shifts at lower RPMs).

Should be W button be used only on snow when trying to get unstuck as the dealer told me?

Any insights would be appreciated!
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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RE: What does W/S button by the shifter do?

I read the car takes off in 2nd when in W mode and this aids in improved initial traction.

As far as improved mileage the old ways work here, air up and check tire pressure often and drive like you got an egg under the gas pedal.

For me, I really don't care much about gas prices, all I am concerned about is availability, and the negative effect that high fuel prices has on our overall economy.
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Old 09-29-2005, 05:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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RE: What does W/S button by the shifter do?

Amen to what E55PVAN said. Let me add that the S is not for "sport". It stands for "Standard". You are either in winter shift mode or standard shift mode. I would not recommend using Winter mode unless you are in slippery conditions. Maybe it was just my car, but my E420 used to occasionally shift hard into gear if I did so. Never happened in standard.
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Old 10-05-2005, 10:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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RE: What does W/S button by the shifter do?

not true on AMG models though. If you put a C43 into "S" mode then it won't shift into 5th, and it always starts in first. My E55 lives in W mode all the time - S is for drag-race takeoffs, and not much else.

The rule about "S is for standard" applies to non-AMG mercs.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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RE: What does W/S button by the shifter do?

L/thing is right if the MB manual is wrong.

W is for winter, S is for standard.

AMG vehicle or not the W/S switch is the same.
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