Tyre 'crabbing' issues finally sorted
I just wanted to post an update on what seems to be a very popular subject. There are an awful lot of complaints about poor handling,crabbing, juddering, grinding coming from the wheels at temperatures below 10c.
Having reported this problem (along with a few other problems)to my my local Mercedes Benz dealership (Leigh-on-sea) i was appalled when they told me i need to change to winter tyres during 'cold' temperatures. A few months later my car was due for its first annual service. I decided to take it to Mercedes Benz in Chelmsford instead, who by the way, are so much better in every aspect, will definitely only be using them in future. I told them that this is clearly a design flaw due to the tyre wall being far to stiff which is exasperated in colder conditions and the run flats these cars come with are not fit for purpose. If i knew that i would have to buy a separate set of winter tyres i would not have purchased the car. I suggested they replace all tyres for conventional All Weather tyres and provide a pressurised sealant to allow for the fact there isn't a spare wheel. I also told them that there are an increasing number of complaints appearing and Mercedes need to acknowledge its an error on their part. They discussed this with Mercedes Benz AG and they approved replacement of all tyres to All Weather at no cost to myself. I am pleased to say the problem has disappeared and the drive comfort significantly improved. The weather temperatures have obviously increased but i am very confident this has resolved the problem. I'm so pleased to finally get the right outcome and i can now enjoy my car during the winter months too. Good Luck !