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Old 12-10-2003, 03:37 PM
moleskin moleskin is offline
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Being in the appropriate gear for your speed and road conditions is the way to think.
Unless you are racing or driving hard for a reason this normally means using the highest gear possible with out labouring the engine. Maximum torque is normally at low revs on older diesels.
However as previously stated by others, changing down a gear for long hill descents will allow the engine to do some of the braking.
Proper use of the clutch and gearbox will not cause unusual wear. After all this is what they are designed to do.
If on the other hand it's an auto box just let the box do the work, but downshifting with the lever is still useful for descents.

1995 E300 Diesel 124T - 210k
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