Good thoughts. Stu Ritter has a mod. for the mechanical fan where he basically makes it run full time instead of coming on with high underhood temps. Says the only drawbacks are more noise and a little lower MPG.
These otherwise superb vehicles just aren't quite designed for prolonged heat and humidity, are they? Probably because Germany doesn't see really hot summers, I suppose. I know for a long time Europeons didn't bother to get AC since they didn't need it, but then again Mercedes has advertised how it tests its vehicles in all sorts of extreme environments, including a test in Death Valley.