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Old 27th July 2020, 01:33 PM
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Our C 250 CGI is very twitchy in the wet using more than light/ medium throttle taking off. The Traction Control Light goes berserk. The cure I remember was from the 1950/55 Morris Oxfords in my Apprentice Days.... a bag of Sand in the Boot. Two 20 Kilos Bags of Gravel did the trick.
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Old 27th July 2020, 03:39 PM
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How old are your tyres?
once they get older than 5 years, wet weather road holding is severely compromised.
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Old 27th July 2020, 05:20 PM
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How old are your tyres?
once they get older than 5 years, wet weather road holding is severely compromised.
My thoughts exactly.
It has to be the tyres.
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Old 27th July 2020, 05:37 PM
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Tires are pliable, and good, and less than 6 years old..... I had the same issue, from new, with a new 107 380 S L I bought in 1981. Back then Mercedes were fitting Continentals which were hard Rubber for mileage on the Autobahns, if my memory is correct. The currant Turbos have been tamed and are not light switches as where the early Saab's.. Alfa's
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Old 27th July 2020, 06:05 PM
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It's been very dry for a long time, the lightest rain brings all the oil to the surface so breaking traction is easy. Just ask the open diff commodore drivers and P platers in 86's and BRZ's
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Old 27th July 2020, 06:41 PM
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Hi Sean, what brand are your tyres ? Six years old....they are getting on in age. If my 6.9 is any criteria, it is light in the back end when looking for traction on greasy or moist surfaces - and it is not only excess power, although of course it is available. I really think that some of the Mercedes models can be found out in the wet.

I can cast my experience back to the P6 Rovers I have owned. They are fitted with a De Dion rear suspension set-up that really is able to put power to the ground....even on loose or slippery surfaces. De Dion set-ups were used by Racing Cars in the fifties and sixties. Regards. Styria
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Old 27th July 2020, 08:02 PM
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Tires are pliable, and good, and less than 6 years old..... I had the same issue, from new, with a new 107 380 S L I bought in 1981. Back then Mercedes were fitting Continentals which were hard Rubber for mileage on the Autobahns, if my memory is correct. The currant Turbos have been tamed and are not light switches as where the early Saab's.. Alfa's
Must be the driver then Sean
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Old 27th July 2020, 08:15 PM
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Our C 250 CGI is very twitchy in the wet using more than light/ medium throttle taking off. The Traction Control Light goes berserk. The cure I remember was from the 1950/55 Morris Oxfords in my Apprentice Days.... a bag of Sand in the Boot. Two 20 Kilos Bags of Gravel did the trick.
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Old 28th July 2020, 07:55 AM
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Yes Helmet, I also recall that most Motor Vehicles accidents are caused by mechanical failure..... the Nut behind the wheel gets loose !!
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My cure..... a lighter Right Foot on greasy Roads
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