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Old 12-04-2009, 09:09 AM
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C or S

Just wondering, for those of you that have an automatic, do you normally drive in the C or S setting ?

I picked up my car in July and have always had my car in the S setting. Well, we had our first snow fall here in Chicago ( only an inch or two ), so I put my car in C for the first time ( the roads were fine once I got out of my neighborhood ). I must say, I really noticed a difference ! The car drove SO much better ! There was no lag from a dead stop and the shifts were perfect from each gear up and down. I always read about how wonderful the 7 speed auto gearbox was on our cars and I could never understand the hype, for I was never overly impressed. Now I get it, my car was so much more pleasant to drive.

I know ( in the US at least ) all the C and S setting does is change the shift points ( and the car starts from 2nd from a dead stop in C ). I assumed that S would be the best setting ( I had a 1998 C280 before this car and I never liked the car in the “comfort” mode ) but I may never switch it back to S again.

Am I completely nuts ?

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:05 AM
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No you are not nuts - If you like it in C mode then leave it there. I know many people that never use S mode in the life of the car.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:18 AM
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Always C for me, the car does feel much better. Then again, unlike most people I prefer cruising instead of aggressive driving, perhaps that's why I like the C setting.
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I use C most of the time in the winter as well. Summer rolls around, roads are nice and dry again....time for S.

And actually, C mode will still use 1st gear if you mash the pedal so it's a great mode to leave it in for daily driving all year round.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:53 AM
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C in my 5 speed auto, 200CDI diesel. it's nor really a S-port engine anyway...
(also, it always starts in 1st, whether C or S)
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I always drive in S, unless my grandma is in the passenger seat or something like that.
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i drive in S only when i want an extra kick, or else its not worth wasting much more gas just to be in S mode.
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I Drive in C and get much better gas mileage.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:39 AM
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jeez I always drive in S. Am I missing something here? It is jerky when i floor it, it keeps the rev when I don't want it to.
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:28 AM
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jeez I always drive in S. Am I missing something here? It is jerky when i floor it, it keeps the rev when I don't want it to.

Yes... try C.
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Yes... try C.
Only reason I switched from C to S 1st day I got it (lil over a month ago) is because the car felt faster/more torque in S mode. I am going to try C for a couple days.
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I always start off driving in C mode, but depending on my mood, tempo of driving will switch to S. My C mode is practically trained to S mode anyways, but if I'm about to switch from city to autobahn, I'll switch to S at least until I'm at cruising speed.
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quick question for you guys-

in my old c55, my car would start in whatever mode i had it in when i turned it off, in my new c300, it always starts in C mode, even if i was driving in S previously.

is this normal? any way to change that?
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Tried C mode today and thought the engine was much less responsive...suppose it would be nice on a long road trip though. Also didn't notice any improvement in gas mileage.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:10 AM
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C mode to save gas sounds nice.
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Originally Posted by 632627 View Post
quick question for you guys-

in my old c55, my car would start in whatever mode i had it in when i turned it off, in my new c300, it always starts in C mode, even if i was driving in S previously.

is this normal? any way to change that?
umm.. thats weird cuz mine doesnt do that..
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Originally Posted by 632627 View Post
quick question for you guys-

in my old c55, my car would start in whatever mode i had it in when i turned it off, in my new c300, it always starts in C mode, even if i was driving in S previously.

is this normal? any way to change that?
What year is your car? My 2008 remains in S no matter what I do, unless I deliberately press C. Then it stays in C.
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I always drive in S mode, but may try C mode in light of the above info...
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Originally Posted by 632627 View Post
quick question for you guys-

in my old c55, my car would start in whatever mode i had it in when i turned it off, in my new c300, it always starts in C mode, even if i was driving in S previously.

is this normal? any way to change that?
08 and 09 will start in whatever mode you had on your last setting, 2010 model will start with C mode only.
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only C mode (4 years and counting...)
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What year is your car? My 2008 remains in S no matter what I do, unless I deliberately press C. Then it stays in C.

2010
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^same here, 2010 models always stay in C.
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