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Re: Mercedes Crosswind Assist

Post by groundhog on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:04 am

Whilst we are on this thread though how is everyone getting on with crosswind assist?
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Re: Mercedes Crosswind Assist

Post by big'nuf on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:06 am

I was told by Rygor MB Gloucester, CWA is definitely not available as an upgrade on my 2013 van and is only available on current new van range.
I will push them further....
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Re: Mercedes Crosswind Assist

Post by groundhog on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:10 am

Unless your 2013 van is on a previous years chassis it should be... If I remember early 2012 was the point that it became possible, mine is April 2012 and it was done!
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Re: Mercedes Crosswind Assist

Post by Jaytee on Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:04 am

I haven't bothered shrugg. Quite like the challenge of staying in lane and being such a pessimistic and paranoid 'person" hugegrins I don't want anyone playing around with the computers on the truck cos they are bound to introduce a problem (as always happens when I trust any of my vehicles to the 'professionals' Whistle1).

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Re: Mercedes Crosswind Assist

Post by Liam on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:37 pm

big'nuf wrote:I was told by Rygor MB Gloucester, CWA is definitely not available as an upgrade on my 2013 van and is only available on current new van range.
I will push them further....
FYI - here is the official words on this from MB Germany regarding which vehicles can have this option retro fitter;-
Stuttgart – Crosswind Assist is now also available as a retrofit solution for numerous variants of the Sprinter. The most important prerequisite: the vehicle must be fitted with the current version of Adaptive ESP, available since January 2012. Almost all owners of vehicles built between 2012 and mid-2013 are therefore now able to retrofit this highly effective safety feature to their vehicle. The mid-2013 model change saw Crosswind Assist become part of the standard specification of all the most common Sprinter variants.
Mercedes-Benz dealerships will provide customers in their area with information about the specific options for and procedures involved in arranging professional retrofitting. In all cases retrofitting is an inexpensive solution that, in Germany for example, costs less than 200 euros, including installation.

 
As I read it, it falls into 2 groups;
1. Those vehicles built between 2012 and mid 2013 where a retro fit (some hardware I believe – not too sure) and a software update will give you the feature.
2. All subsequent vehicles have CWA embedded as part of the Adaptive ESP and if not already operating then should just require a specific code insertion to get it functioning.

The date of manufacture to which they refer is the date it came off the MB production line and not the date the van was built by AS and first registered - there could be many, many months between the two.

 by groundhog on Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:04 am
Whilst we are on this thread though how is everyone getting on with crosswind assist?
As you may be aware I had it fitted last year and so far it has only kicked in a couple of times (I think! - it was all very smooth) - but we have not been out and about in any really violent side wind conditions to fully test it.
So I guess the jury is still out and indeed its the sort of feature, if it is doing its job correctly, that you will never be sure how effective it really is! 
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Re: Mercedes Crosswind Assist

Post by groundhog on Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:18 pm

Thanks Liam

Pretty much my experience, I questioned whether it was doing anything at all but passing a couple of trucks last week I was hit by turbulence and it appeared to kick in and react quite forcibly to avoid me being dragged into the wake.

I have no idea though whether it was the system or I merely hit clean air...whichever I didn't hit the trucks.

( Yes I admit I was going too fast on the M4 in the outside lane, slapped wrists and not my normal behaviour)
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