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I am a proud new owner of a 2003 Mercedes Benz E500 Avantgarde euro model.

I find that the traction control is too intrusive over bends at high speeds (90 -100Km/h), it cuts the powers at high speed to avoid any wheelspin. Is this normal? This is on dry roads on relatively worn Bridgestone Potenza RE050 tires.

Does airmatic sport1 or sport2 setting have any effect on ESP threshold? Or transmission mode S/W? I keep driving in S mode most of the time with airmatic set to comfort.

What is your experience with W211 handling?
 

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I do not see that issue unless the tires have given up on the RWD W211 models.
 

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I suspect the tires too which are worn. I am thinking of replacing them with Continental Extreme Contact DW or DWS. Which tires are recommended? I will not drive the car through snow, only on dry and wet roads.
 

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I'm not familiar with the Conti DW, I currently have DWS's with 43k miles and they are performing very well in all weather conditions, they have 10 or 15K left on the tread.
 

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I'm not familiar with the Conti DW, I currently have DWS's with 43k miles and they are performing very well in all weather conditions, they have 10 or 15K left on the tread.
anyone had experience with Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S on non 4-matic?
My CDI came with virtually new set of those... but Mid West winters can be tricky..so I'm wondering about this model of Michelin all season performance.
 
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