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Found out something I never knew about my car just now. You know how the new Benzes have that radar cruise control that can apply the brakes if necessary.
Well here's me, driving down the road, cruise control on, at a steady 50 in fifth. Anyway the road turns a corner and then begins a descent, (quite a steep one as it happens). As the speed rises I feel the transmission kick down a gear to try and slow the car, it's not enough and it kicks down again it's now in third and holding at the correct speed.
I tried it again and the same happened.
I was really quite surprised.

Anybody else know of any other clever tricks the 140 can do?
 

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NZ Benz said:
It helps my mechanic's son go to private school :D
Yeah, I put a new wing on my my mechanic's house! Seriously though, in the winter, after you shut the engine off, hit the "REST" button for the climate control and the car will continue to blow hot air into the car for upto 1 hour so you can return to a warm car.
 

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dantefr said:
Yeah, I put a new wing on my my mechanic's house! Seriously though, in the winter, after you shut the engine off, hit the "REST" button for the climate control and the car will continue to blow hot air into the car for upto 1 hour so you can return to a warm car.
I use that one alot we got snow on the hills here today....brrrrrrrr.
 

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It was sunnny, hot, and very sticky at 92 F here today.... Then rained like hell for a few hours
 

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gumsie said:
Found out something I never knew about my car just now. You know how the new Benzes have that radar cruise control that can apply the brakes if necessary.
Well here's me, driving down the road, cruise control on, at a steady 50 in fifth. Anyway the road turns a corner and then begins a descent, (quite a steep one as it happens). As the speed rises I feel the transmission kick down a gear to try and slow the car, it's not enough and it kicks down again it's now in third and holding at the correct speed.
I tried it again and the same happened.
I was really quite surprised.

Anybody else know of any other clever tricks the 140 can do?
and did you know every single car with cruise control does that?my old cars did that and my mums honda aswell:)but i think it works after certain speed i think after 60km/h
 

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alphaa said:
and did you know every single car with cruise control does that?my old cars did that and my mums honda aswell:)but i think it works after certain speed i think after 60km/h
I'm pretty sure my Dad's old Jag did it too and when it went up a hill you could hear the car holding itself in gear rather than down shifting like it would if you were working the pedal yourself.
 

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Its not a hidden secret to us,however to many its very much a hidden secret and that is the famous Kickdown that brings the beast out of our w140 and it come in handy when some punk ricer wants to mess with this 5000lbs 500!!:D
 

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NZ Benz said:
I'm pretty sure my Dad's old Jag did it too and when it went up a hill you could hear the car holding itself in gear rather than down shifting like it would if you were working the pedal yourself.[/QUOTEboth my mazdas downgeared when going uphill.and u could see the gas pedal going down lol:)
not sure of my mums honda tho.
 

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Benzkid27 said:
Its not a hidden secret to us,however to many its very much a hidden secret and that is the famous Kickdown that brings the beast out of our w140 and it come in handy when some punk ricer wants to mess with this 5000lbs 500!!:D
i do love that ovedrive button thing when the pedal touches the metal button on the back of the floor... I wonder how exactly does that work mechanically. All i know is that if i floored my pedal my RPM's will drop for a moment and then shoot up the red zone while my car takes off.
 

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I thought of another hidden secret in our cars,well some of us anyhow..The Hidden armrest/door compartments in the older w140s(92-94) where the newer w140s dont have that.Its pretty nice to have, my wife uses hers for trash(lotto tickets and hostess donuts wrappers mostly) I normaly keep cds in them.
 

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Benzkid27 said:
I thought of another hidden secret in our cars,well some of us anyhow..The Hidden armrest/door compartments in the older w140s(92-94) where the newer w140s dont have that.Its pretty nice to have, my wife uses hers for trash(lotto tickets and hostess donuts wrappers mostly) I normaly keep cds in them.
That's true, Those are pretty cool. I drove a friends '94 S500 for a week once, and found those door compartments to be pretty cool. Although, they must be a real pain to clean out....
 

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Although, they must be a real pain to clean out....
Thats true..they can be a pain to clean.Like I said my wife uses her side(pass door)to keep her trash when were out or on long trips.I just pull out the lotto scratchers and donut wrappers and then take a vac hose and suck up anything else in there(pennies,nickles,ect)then i take a damp cloth and wipe them down cause of the velvet covering in them and her donut crumbs and its cleaned...the other 3 dont get alot of use just carry cds.My brother borrowed the car one day to take a friend home and he was looking around playin with some of the stuff and told my bro that this car has tons of areas to hide drugs,maybe thats why Mercedes has that drug dealer link to them???haha.:D
 

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Some people may still not know that the hood opens straight up. This really impresses the neighbors!!
 

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^^ I remember the first time I saw my hood like that when my indy mechanic was lookin at the engine. I thought he broke my car haha
 

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The hidden secret that i still cant figure out is ....

How does the w140 make something malfunction immediately after i just got done fixing the previous malfunction.

When i just finished fixing my suspension, with some mysterious holly hidden secret, immediately my rear right window regulator malfunctioned. Then i fixed that, ...........and ..... yup you guessed it..... immediately...my ABS,esp lights came on..........i fixed that.....then.....yup..once again my left rear window regulator malfunctioned......


But the BIGGEST HIDDEN SECRET of all.......is ...i dont know how i end up buying yet another W140, after selling the previous one and swearing never to buy another one again. I went from s420, to S500, TO S600.....swearing after each one i am done.

Hmmm.....


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But the BIGGEST HIDDEN SECRET of all.......is ...i dont know how i end up buying yet another W140, after selling the previous one and swearing never to buy another one again. I went from s420, to S500, TO S600.....swearing after each one i am done.

Hmmm.....


:)


You think your out and they pull you right back in ... :p
 

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ghost said:
The hidden secret that i still cant figure out is ....

But the BIGGEST HIDDEN SECRET of all.......is ...i dont know how i end up buying yet another W140, after selling the previous one and swearing never to buy another one again. I went from s420, to S500, TO S600.....swearing after each one i am done.

Hmmm.....


:)
:My best Darth Vader voice:: "The Darkside is more powerful then the Force my Son"
 
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