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Old 04-11-2010, 12:11 PM
lkchris lkchris is offline
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Biggest change--and you didn't mention it--is the 5-speed transmission in the W210.

It's fabulous compared to the old 4-speeds and it's nice to finally see 2500 rpm on highway vs 3500 rpm. Ever notice all the posts here and on all Mercedes forums from first-time '80s Mercedes owners questioning whether their motor should be running that fast on the highway? This was OK for its time, but in today's context it approaches ridiculous.

The 7-speed, BTW, is compared to the 5-speed not the leap the 5-speed is compared to previous transmissions.

You did well getting a 2003, as the facts about W210s are that newer is definitely better and "facelift" models (2000-on) are certainly preferred.
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