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Old 05-04-2002, 07:21 AM
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sport economy switch

What is the difference between the S and E switch position near the shift stick on the C280 and advise if fuel consumption is mor on S.
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Old 05-04-2002, 10:02 AM
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Should be S and W.
Stands for Standard and Winter.
Starts off in 1st gear when set to Standard.
Starts off in second when set to Winter.
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Old 05-04-2002, 12:15 PM
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On euro version MB vehicles, the S/E on the switch stands for Sport/Economy. On Sport mode, the tranny holds the shifts longer, and hence, fuel consumption is higher.
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Old 05-05-2002, 06:08 PM
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Old 05-06-2002, 03:49 AM
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I don't think I get it .
What is the difference ?
What makes starting in second gear in winter better ?

What does it do to fuel economy ?

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Old 05-06-2002, 06:24 AM
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Starting in 2nd gear makes you less likely to wheelspin on slippery surface.

It must be pretty obvious, if you've tried using the switch, that in 'E' mode the car is very slow, and won't rev over 3000 rpm, and in 'S' mode it is much faster, and will rev to the redline??!
And then you can figure out that in the 'slow' mode (E) you will get much better fuel consumption..


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Old 05-07-2002, 01:03 PM
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On the Euro 190e the S/E stands for Standard and Economy.

The economy setting is **** basically wont allow the car to pull away in 1st unless its floored, hence it stays in standard all the time, where little more than a light throttle will make it kickdown into 1st and pull away.

As for fuel consumption, identical in both settings...ask any 190 owner!
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