Thread: Cruising speed
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Old 05-01-1999, 08:06 PM
LJADJA
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The 240D 4 spd. has to be the most reliable MB ever. It is still much slower than even an auto 300D. Mine will run up to the governed engine speed at around 89MPH(indicated). I know it won't go any faster because if you depress the clutch the engine speed stays the same. Getting up there is another story. The car doesn't like going uphill. Anyways, if you wake up feeling like Mario Andretti you can always get in your 240D for training. Floor the engine to the max and dump the clutch. The tires will fight for grip but the inherent traction control in all 240Ds will soon take care of that and only allow maybe half a revolution of wheelspin. About 5mph after the first dot on the speedometer you powershift into second and enjoy the sound of the engine all the way up to 37MPH. The shift to 3rd and a sharp corner comes up. You don't lift because somehow the 240D manages to control all the power given to the real wheels and prevents oversteer. The front wheels do their best to slow you down if you happen to be going too fast(this is early MB stability control at work). Remember, don't feel upset if a lady in a Dodge Caravan full of kids overtakes you while you are in racing mode. She is probably not having as much fun!

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