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post #13 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Quanta2 View Post
Thanks for the good advice. I have a newbie question. On my 560, if it fails to start on the first try, the starter will not engage again unless I turn the key to the off position first, then rotate to start again. Is yours like this? Or is this something wrong with mine?
That's not a bug, that's a feature. Older Mercedes have a mechanical interlock to prevent the key being turned to the start position a second time unless it's turned all the way off first. Later ones with Drive Authorization Systems (those fancy electronic keys) don't keep you from turning the key to the start position, but since the start is done entirely under computer control, it will simply refuse to attempt another start unless you turn the key all the way off.

"Engineered like no other car in the world." That's both a bug and a feature.
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