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Author Topic: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?  (Read 6404 times)

gomezz

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I have been hearing stories that the new 18 Mercs have been fitted with a reversing limiter to stop them going back at more than 5mph.  Fine, except that apparently it is stopping the vans reversing up any kind of a slope, for example onto a customer's drive or to turn round in a cul de sac.  Many of them have become stuck and had to be recovered.

Anyone else heard of or had actual experience of these vans having this problem?
« Last Edit: 07-11-18, 08:27AM by gomezz »
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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #1 on: 09-11-18, 09:19AM »
I have seen a video of one attemting to reverse up a small slope (not very steep at all), and stopping 1/2 way up through lack of power.
If the info is correct, I would say that they are not fit for purpose, and bordering on dangerous.
There are times when you need to reverse up a slope as going in forwards is not an option.

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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #2 on: 21-11-18, 11:28PM »
They are certainly fitted with limiters on reverse, should be good next time we deliver to Caterham.

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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #3 on: 11-12-18, 01:12PM »
I drove a 67 Iveco once at another store, they had limiters too, didn't have any issues though. Did catch me off guard though when I first reversed.

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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #4 on: 05-03-19, 09:07AM »
We have the 18 Sprinters, yes reverse is limited. Its a right pain in the arse and makes you look incompetent when reversing down narrow roads. The back axle is right at the rear of the van so the turning circle takes you into a different postcode and means there is very little traction. One van got stuck on a slight incline and a 40mm high kerb...

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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #5 on: 05-03-19, 01:39PM »
Any excuse Swampy  :)

gomezz

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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #6 on: 05-03-19, 08:19PM »
Have since heard that some stores have had all their new Mercs "unmodded" to remove the reversing limiter as it was costing them a fortune in recovery fees.
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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #7 on: 08-03-19, 11:00AM »
Any excuse Swampy  :)

Ok 1.    Makes me look MORE incompetent than normal   :D

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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #8 on: 09-10-19, 12:18AM »
Our store has 12 of these Mercedes, and yeah, the reverse limiter is so annoying. 5mph! 5!!
Had to reverse up a sloped, wet driveway, due to no turning area, from a busy main road you wouldn't want to reverse on to, and after a few moments wheel spinning at the bottom, I gave up and trollied the shopping. Utterly useless.

Looking so forward to winter. Last time it snowed, in our old 2012 ivecos, I drove down a country road, downhill, and came to a snow drift I couldn't get past. It was very difficult to reverse out (was about 1/2 up hill, through patches of snow), but I made it.
No hope in these new mercs. That van would be abandoned and I'd be finding my own way back to the store. Lol

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Re: No going back with the new 2018 Mercedes vans?
« Reply #9 on: 02-01-20, 10:56PM »
Yep 5mph..should be good in snow..