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Date registered: May 2011
Vehicle: 2011 R BlueTec
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My 2011 R-class had a very weird and potentially dangerous ESP malfunction last night. I have scheduled a dealer appointment - but car is out of warranty so really worried that this is going to be big $$ for a 7 year old car (that has had more than its share of problems).
Situation: Completely dry road - temperature about 28 degrees C. Had just turned left at a light and about 200 yards later (doing about 65 km/hour) the car slowed down and the yellow triangle ESP light started flashing. For a moment I thought the car was going into "limp home" mode. I got off the gas and before I could do anything else, the brakes (I think right front only) locked up momentarily and the car lurched to the right. Fortunately this was late at night. I pulled over, turned off the car and inspected the wheels (thought I might have a flat or something like that). No visible problems. Started car up again and drove very slowly home.
I've found reports in other MB forums of a defective yaw sensor causing problems - this might make sense since I had just turned left. But doesn't give me a lot of confidence if a failure in the safety system makes the system unsafe (as opposed to inoperable).
Has anybody else experienced this? Coincidentally - my rear wiper is frozen, half way through a cycle. You can hear the motor trying to engage but the shaft is seized (I think) - a common problem with MB rear wipers. Who designs a windshield wiper system with a shaft that corrodes? I love driving this car - but it's had problems I've never had before in 40 years owning various cars. I was already looking at a Volvo V90 now as a replacement - but will miss the third row and towing ability.