Cruise in lieu of turn signal - 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Long-Term Road Test

2008 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Long-Term Road Test

2008 Mercedes-Benz C300: Cruise in lieu of turn signal

May 19, 2008

I'm rolling down the freeway coming back from a downtown restaurant when I make a new discovery about our Benz C300. I'm making the transition from the 105 to the 405, which is a big, sweeping on-ramp. As I am a model citizen, I signal my lane change in the middle of the curve. As I near the apex, I lift off the throttle, but instead feel -- what the crap! -- acceleration. I had unintentionally actuated the cruise control stalk and set my cruise speed.

As you can see in the photo, the cruise stalk is located just above the turn signal. The position of the turn signal in most other vehicles is usually about mid-point between the turn signal and cruise stalks on the Benz. So I have occasionally activated the cruise when I meant to signal a turn. Is this common with Benz owners, or am I just a dumbass?

Albert Austria, Senior Vehicle Evaluation Engineer @ 8,664 miles

UPDATE: I had the BMW 328 the other night (see photo below). The orientation of the cruise and turn signal stalks is inverted from the Benz. D'oh!

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