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2004 Mercedes-Benz CL500 miscellaneous problems

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2004 Mercedes-Benz CL500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 042004


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This defect/concern is a general safety complaint with respect to all vehicles which should be addressed by enactment of standards to be used by all manufacturers. Mainly the standardization of the location and function of key controls and switches on all automobiles. In todays driving, drivers are placed behind the wheel of unfamiliar vehicles all the time as travel and business puts them in rental cars. With each vehicle having different locations for light switches, flashers, windsheild wipers/washers, dimmers and cruise controls. Drivers can end up having accidents, especially in hurried situations, when trying to find the location of the controls in an unfamiliar car. One might argue that if you are driving a new vehicle you should familiarize yourself with all the controls before starting to drive... but often times in an emergency situation, (windshield splashed with mud), you instinctively respond to where your everyday vehicles controls are. This not only delays resolution of the situation but takes your attention away from driving. Setting a standard would make auto manufactures put all these controls in a standard position so when you go from one car to the next they are always where you would expect them!

- Northfield, MN, USA

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