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so on the c230k we absolutely.......... positively have to use 91 octane for the car to stay in its good condition?.....
also what is ESP on the car?
 

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The coupe was designed for 91 octane. Your dealer can change the computer settings for 89 or 93 octane. Based on what I've read, the 91 setting is the best all around choice. You've bought a Mercedes, do the right thing and don't use cheap gas. 8)

Per the MBUSA website:

Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Automatic Slip Control (ASR) ESP compares the driver's intended course, via steering and braking inputs, to the vehicle's response, via lateral acceleration, rotation (yaw) and individual wheel speeds. ESP then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces excess engine power as needed to help correct understeer (plowing) or oversteer (fishtailing). ESP incorporates the functions of ASR traction control, which senses drive-wheel slip and individually brakes the slipping wheel or wheels, and/or reduces excess engine power, until control is regained.1

1. No system, regardless of how sophisticated, can repeal the laws of physics or overcome careless driving actions. Performance is limited by available traction, which snow, ice and other conditions can affect. Always drive carefully, consistent with conditions. Best performance in snow is obtained with winter tires. Please always wear your seat belt.
 

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hm, we can go to the dealers and change it? how much do you think that cost though? i was given a mercedes as a present and even though i love it a lot, gas seems like it is gonna be expensive.
 

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hm, we can go to the dealers and change it? how much do you think that cost though? i was given a mercedes as a present and even though i love it a lot, gas seems like it is gonna be expensive.
Those adjustments are for places that don't have good gasoline. Most dealers won't change the settings, claiming it is illegal and will cause more pollution. If you get the dealer to change them, you will get reduced performance and economy.
 

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Here's what I dont understand...

How can a computer tell what kind of gas your giving it. No dought I put premium in the gas tank, for a premium car. I talked to may mechanic's who said there's no technology to do this. but the say that a car can be tuned to run at optimum on a certain octane.
 
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