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Old 11-23-2003, 10:00 PM
downeyjc downeyjc is offline
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When I bought my first 560SL (a 1988 with 70Kmiles) it exhibited what I would call relatively harsh shifts, at times. Not always, but often enough to make me question whether the tranny was going bad. My mechanic said it was normal. That was nearly eight years ago and it now has 110K miles on it and is still going fine (and shifting the same way). I also bought an 87 560SL with only 38K three years ago and it does shift a bit more smoothly, but it too is relatively harsh. I think it is just a fact of life with these cars. They sure improved things in later years--I have a 94 E320 and it shifts remarkably smooth--almost imperceptible.
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