it's a 1983 W123 200T. i did try to change my identification on this site to include the car so i didn't have to mention it every time i asked something but it seems you can change everything but your username.
i'll go back and try and stick it in options.
still very interested in your opinions on the transmission though, thanks. jb
(ps, just tried to put the car at the bottom of my messages, but failed miserable, how do some people manage to get their on?)