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Old 12-10-2009, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Brian Carlton View Post
Don't believe everything that you read.
My '82 300D shifts precisely as the manual describes. With no throttle pressure, it moves off in 2nd. Step on the pedal, it downshifts. Absolutely no doubt about it.

Furthermore, my transmission only downshifts to 1st when slowing to a stop if the selector is in L; that downshift is incredibly noticeable.

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Originally Posted by Brian Carlton View Post
Don't believe everything that you read.

I think we should do a poll on it. It might be specific to a given year. Certain people swear by the second gear start...........others, including myself, have never had it occur. This cannot be a simple quirk.
The 2-1 downshift is very subtle and could easily be missed by the average operator. Furthermore, a maladjusted Bowden cable could easily prevent proper operation. (A cable that is too tight would communicate throttle pressure that does not actually exist.)
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