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Old 11-10-2003, 02:01 PM
300ENOK 300ENOK is offline
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Location: Tulsa, OK
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560SL Shifting

A 560SL recently joined my automotive family. It shifts much smoother than a 1993 300E I had previously. Drove other 560SLs before purchase and all shifted smoothly, although not as seamless as a brand new Mercedes with 5-speed auto box.

The SL has 90,000 miles and thorough service records that do not show any transmission overhaul. The E had about 124,000 when I got it, and also no record of major transmission service beyond regular maintenance. I have assumed that the E was, by nature and design, a harder shifting Mercedes than the SL. Driving style also seemed to affect how the E shifted: more aggressive throttle usually caused a harder shift. However, the SL feels the same regardless...smooth, but you can definitely tell when shifts occur.

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