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Moved from 2011 ML550 to 2015 ML350

I just sold my 2011 ML550 to buy a 2015 ML350 with 40kmiles on it. The new ML may have less torque and power it still has enough for me and the drive is smoother and more comfortable. The interior is much more up to date too. It also comes with several options the other one did no have like Active Park assist, Collision warn with active brake intervention, Active blind spot assists, Active lane assist. My previous ML only had blind spot assist which I already found to be a really good safety feature. Anyway I need to learn all these new features now.

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In general I've found my 2015 ML250 a much more comfortable place to be for long periods than the 2008 ML320...and it was already pretty damned good.I've got a trip coming up where I can really let it stretch its legs, and we'll see what it's really good for.

"Engineered like no other car in the world." That's both a bug and a feature.
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I checked online all the specs of my new ML based on its VIN. From the short description I can figure out what each of them mean except for the ones listed below where I need some help. Thanks lot in advance to whoever will be able to help me figure these out.

258 COLLIS.WARN. SYS. W/ ACTIVE BRAKE INTERV. FCW STOP. (My car does not have distronic so I am not sure what this option exactly provide. Will it apply the brakes in case a possible collision?)
22p TRACK PACKAGE
IU7 FOGGING SENSOR
35A VGS D4-0, D3 PATTERN
615 BI-XENON HEADLICHT W.ACTVIE CURVELIGHT RIGHT-DRIVE (What does active curvelight mean?)
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You would think it would need the distronic to make the collision warning work. Maybe it uses other sensors in the bumper.
The headlights will turn when you do into a corner and when you indicate


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Mine doesn't have Distronic, but it does have a front proximity warning, using the same camera as the lane departure warning.

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Mine doesn't have Distronic, but it does have a front proximity warning, using the same camera as the lane departure warning.
That is probably what I have on mine then. Does it warn you or beep if you are coming too fast on a car or an object? Also does it apply the brakes if the driver does not act quickly enough? That is what I would think active braking means
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It will beep rapidly if it thinks your going to hit the car in front of you. Whether it stops you in time or not is another thing. Itís a fantastic feature if you not paying attention it traffic. Pretty sure it only works on moving objects at certain speeds. With lane assist the brakes are applied to bring you back into the lane after the steering wheel vibrates a couple of times first. Later models use the steering assist to do the same.
Almost all Benzís sold in Australia come with distronic these days, it doesnít seem as popular in the US.


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This will give you a good description of how it works. Looks like it does work on stationary objects as well.


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That is probably what I have on mine then. Does it warn you or beep if you are coming too fast on a car or an object?
Yup. It's a bit too aggressive, IMAO, and tends to warn when there's not going to ba a problem, but it's not too obnoxious, so I leave it on.

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Also does it apply the brakes if the driver does not act quickly enough? That is what I would think active braking means
Me too, but since mine doesn't have it, I don't know.

As for Distronic, I think I'd agree with the salesman I spoke to: I'd wind up turning it off. It seems when you're out on the highway cruising a few hundred yards behind someone else, and that someone else slows down, Distronic will slow down as well even though it's not needed.

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Yup. It's a bit too aggressive, IMAO, and tends to warn when there's not going to ba a problem, but it's not too obnoxious, so I leave it on.





Me too, but since mine doesn't have it, I don't know.



As for Distronic, I think I'd agree with the salesman I spoke to: I'd wind up turning it off. It seems when you're out on the highway cruising a few hundred yards behind someone else, and that someone else slows down, Distronic will slow down as well even though it's not needed.


The salesman did his job talking you into buying a car without it. Obviously he didnít have one with it at the time. He needs to maybe learn a bit more about it. Itís fully adjustable down to 25m or yards. It will also get within a couple of yards to the car in front in slow traffic without adjusting it. In my opinion I think itís brilliant they way it works. I wouldnít want a car without it now. It will only slow down with traffic and doesnít slow down anymore than necessary.


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