Originally posted by blackmercedes
Mercedes have traditionally NOT been "low rpm" highway cruisers. Some of the big V-8 cars have quite tall gearing (400E for instance) but the four and six cylinder cars have always had quite short gearing.
The move to the five speed autobox in 1997 resulted in lower engine speeds, and the final drive ratios were also dropped.
Don't worry about revving the M104 inline six. That puppy will cruise all day and night at 100+mph.
Get some V-Rated tires, and find some deserted road prior to running her at top speed.
They actually changed in the 94/95 E320 series.
The 104.992/217hp went to both 1st gear start and 2:65 rear gearing.