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Old 08-21-2003, 10:42 PM
cbdo cbdo is offline
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Can't answer all of your questions, but here's a start:
AFAIK, the E and S mode trannies went with the V8's; as yours is a 6, it will probably have a different tranny and definitely a different rear axle ratio--which would be the reason for the different RPM at 60 mph. A smaller engine typically will have to work harder for its living, and will be geared to turn higher at a given speed.
4Matic was the name MB used for their 4-wheel-drive system; cars that have it typically carry the word on a trunklid badge.
Craig Bethune

'97 SL500, 40th anniversary edition

'04 Olds Bravada (SWMBO's)
'06 Lexus ES330
'89 560SL (sold)

SL--Anything else is just a Mercedes.
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