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Old 08-10-2002, 01:27 PM
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To buy or not to buy

Kerry,

Before deciding on the 300TD, you might want to find out what the rear end ratio is. On the 300TD turbos the rear end ratio is higher than the regular 300DT sednas. That means they do well on the flats but are less able on the hills when compared with the turbo sedan. If the same holds true for the non-turbo you could be even less able in the mountains. The normal rear end ratio in the 300D sedans is 3.46. Turbo sedans are 3.07 and a local MBZ owner's 300DT is 2.88.

Obviously, you want something around the 3.46, a 3.96 like the 280E would be even better but not up in the 2.99 range. Hope this helps.

Ben
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