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Old 11-30-2001, 08:29 AM
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Michael Michael is offline
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I always thought MBZ (post '70s anyway) was a well-regarded slushbox manufacturer? My brother's '80 Porsche 928S has an MBZ auto, as I recall.

As to the Mercedes philosophy, having been to Germany a couple of times now I feel confident that the manufacturer prefers you drive a manual transmission car, for the increased control it gives you as an operator. The Germans take their driving VERY seriously, and having a stick affords quite a bit more control in the hands of a qualified driver.

Maybe because we have so few of those here in the US, we prefer the automatics we buy. I know I wish there were a reasonable way to stuff a 5 or 6 speed in my 500
"If everything seems under control, you're simply not going fast enough" --Mario Andretti

1995 E500 street car
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo S track car
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