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Old 12-02-2002, 11:03 AM
avidtb avidtb is offline
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Location: Chicago, IL
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Balky 4matic trans when cold

I live in Chicagoland, and when my 99 E320 wagon is cold (below 40 degrees overnight) the tranny is VERY sluggish. It's painfully slow from dead start, and I have to shift "manually" for it to shift at all. Finally, it won't go into the overdrive/top gear at all until after about 10 minutes of driving. Very frustrating taking the engine to 45-4800 rpm hoping it will shift. The engine is at operating temp but the trans takes its sweet time to catch up.

Any ideas? Last year at approx 30K miles I took it to the dealer...they said nothing wrong. Now I'm taking it back at 45K miles...The problem seems worse and it's close to out of warranty...

Thanks for the help,

Todd Buckton
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