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Old 26th September 2008, 06:25 PM
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Anyone know why there are those yellow diagonal stripes on the speedo between 50 and 60 kph?
Four of my cars have them, but I never thought about what they mean til now, and I am sure M-B would not be putting them there for no reason.
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Old 26th September 2008, 07:14 PM
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Are they maximum gear change points?
I don't really know so I'm willing to be surprised too.
From the handbook:
"Do not exceed maximum speed in the individual selector lever positions. S corresponds to marking III (450 = II) on the speedometer. Selector lever position L corresponds to marking II (450 = 1)."
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EDIT - no, having just looked at the speedo I see that I have not answred yr question at all. All I can say is; buggered if I know ... HELP!!!
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Old 26th September 2008, 08:33 PM
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The best explanation I've heard is that 50-60km/h is considered the acceptable speed for urban areas in many countries, and the stripes are to make it easier for the driver to see if he is within the speed limit.
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Old 26th September 2008, 08:36 PM
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The best explanation I've heard is that 50-60km/h is considered the acceptable speed for urban areas in many countries, and the stripes are to make it easier for the driver to see if he is within the speed limit.
That is the kind of nannying rubbish I do NOT expect from Mercedes.
A labour government maybe, even a greenies Toyota, but not on the best car in the world made for the best drivers like us, surely not!
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Old 26th September 2008, 10:20 PM
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Hi Grease Monkey, S-Class is spot on with his explanation. There is no other reason for those stripes. Regards Styria
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Old 27th September 2008, 12:05 AM
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My old SAAB 900 had a similar arrangement and that is the best explanation, IMHO.

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Old 27th September 2008, 07:15 AM
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That is the kind of nannying rubbish I do NOT expect from Mercedes.
A labour government maybe, even a greenies Toyota, but not on the best car in the world made for the best drivers like us, surely not!
Chris
GreaseMonkey.....
Not everyone who owns an M-B has had the experience you have...
eg: spannering for the great racers...... going on errands for The Beatles, etc....
Meaning a lot of experience and common sense.
So a bit of 'prodding' (from M-B) in telling the average guy (or girl) where the speed limit in town is, would not be too bad.
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Old 27th September 2008, 09:08 AM
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also remember that with factory tyres a Mercedes of this period will read 10% faster on the speedometer than the car is actualy doing,
A great feature to keep the speeding fines away, sit on 80 and you are only doing 72,

Good point Des, except my '84 190E has at some point in it's life acquired a set of later 15inch rims and larger diameter tyres and now reads 5% under.
A useful overdrive and gives me better fuel consumption than the 9litres/100kms it is showing, but I do have to remember to be at least 5% under the speedo reading whenever I see a camera!
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Old 27th September 2008, 09:16 AM
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GreaseMonkey.....
Not everyone who owns an M-B has had the experience you have...
eg: spannering for the great racers...... going on errands for The Beatles, etc....
Meaning a lot of experience and common sense.
So a bit of 'prodding' (from M-B) in telling the average guy (or girl) where the speed limit in town is, would not be too bad.
Forgive them... be gentle...
I am not sure The Beatles ever made a contribution to safer driving, but I get your point.
BTW, I tried a bit of racing Formula Fords in the eighties, I was no good, not only falling off and making mistakes on the limit, but my limit was not even close to competitive speeds so I packed it in - not good enough.
BUT, the tuition I had, and the experience on the track immediately made me a better safer driver on the road, and I think anyone who thinks they like to drive fast would benefit from some good track time.
I also knew a cop who was trained in high speed pursuits, and he showed me how they are trained to 'read' the road and traffic conditions to anticipate all potential hazards.
If the hoons who think it clever to race around in public, spent less on hot goodies for their road car and instead took up racing at club level, they would probably learn a few good lessons too.
Even Karts, sprints, hillclimbs etc, or a few days at a racing school if you can't afford real racing, would get it out of your system, and I for one was happier to be slower, but safer on the road.
Which gives me an idea!!!
How about a track day for the Benz brigade?
I guess we would all be left behind a well driven 6.9 or similar, but any car driven to it's relative limit would be an education.
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Old 27th September 2008, 09:42 AM
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Well, I'll be - who dragged this dirty looking instrument cluster onto the splendid pages of Topklasse ? Go to your corner immediately !

Grease Monkey, you won't get many better 'beat around the bush' answers that his Lordship, the Prince, has handed out to you ! Most eloquent, most...ahem.....

If you want to go one better, on some of the more modern cars you can programme in the speed limit and the moment you exceed it, a little 'beep' draws your attention it. Very impressive for a leadfoot like myself. Regards Styria
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Old 27th September 2008, 10:17 AM
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Well, I'll be - who dragged this dirty looking instrument cluster onto the splendid pages of Topklasse ? Go to your corner immediately !

Grease Monkey, you won't get many better 'beat around the bush' answers that his Lordship, the Prince, has handed out to you ! Most eloquent, most...ahem.....
Yeah, I know, I'm getting used to it!

My previous comment about track action is a bit off topic, so I have started a new thread to see what comments that gets.

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Old 27th September 2008, 03:54 PM
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Well, I'll be - who dragged this dirty looking instrument cluster onto the splendid pages of Topklasse ? Go to your corner immediately !

Grease Monkey, you won't get many better 'beat around the bush' answers that his Lordship, the Prince, has handed out to you ! Most eloquent, most...ahem.....

If you want to go one better, on some of the more modern cars you can programme in the speed limit and the moment you exceed it, a little 'beep' draws your attention it. Very impressive for a leadfoot like myself. Regards Styria
HUH?

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Old 27th September 2008, 04:17 PM
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BenzBoy & Des, I think Styria was referring to the SAAB instrument cluster as being dirty.
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Old 27th September 2008, 05:18 PM
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BenzBoy & Des, I think Styria was referring to the SAAB instrument cluster as being dirty.
But is Styria challenging Prince M to a duel? 6.9s at 40 paces and then fire? I'll bet on the Red corner rather than the Blue if that is the case...
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Old 27th September 2008, 06:16 PM
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Surely it was a W123 instrument display, which is still beneath us here at Topklasse - even though I have one too.
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