Join Date: May 2005
Location: North Surrey
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I have a Renault Master with Quickshift 6 auto system which is similar to the Mercedes Sprintshift, but it is obviously not identical. Having said that let me explain how I avoid snatchy starts on hills:
Have the system in the Auto setting and foot on the brake pedal. Pull on the handbrake, and when ready to pull away release the footbrake, wait a second before pressing the accelerator pedal. This is necessary for the system to recognise the footbrake is off, and also give time for the clutch to get to the biting point. Once the clutch is at biting point then you can start to accelerate.
Its a nuisance to do this, especially if pulling out into traffic, but try and anticipate the traffic situation and all will be well.
You can also have it in Auto, foot off brake with handbrake on. The clutch will now come up to the biting pint and stay there, so your able to make a slightly quicker getaway. If left in this condition for too long however you get a beep to warn you that the clutch is not very happy!!
I must repeat that this is my experience of the Renault system, so may, or may not, be truly relevant to the Mercedes system.