Thread: Driving HARD
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Old 01-26-2001, 01:43 AM
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Awww, thanks for the info David, love the name, btw.
ALso, I posted the same thing on MBCA and I got different answers... (kind of reversed between the two sites, so I expected).
ohh, come to think of it, I would post link, but you have to be a member... so I'll copy and paste some of it... as follows:

Subject: RE: Driving HARD
Name: Mark Harbeck
Date: 25-Jan-2001

I have heard from people who are into sport sedan racing (using streat legal cars modified for racing) that even this kind of "abuse" does not have as great an effect on durability as you might think. Things like clutches, brakes, and tires obviously wear out faster, but the major mechanical components usually only seem to wear out about 10-20% faster than "normal" driving. Most of the wear in an engine occurs in the first few seconds after a cold start. Once warmed up there is very little wear. The auto trans might be a different story, but MBs were designed to be driven in what most Americans would consider a VERY hard manner...full throttle cruising, etc.It used to be said that German cruise control was a brick on the gas pedal :-)

Subject: RE: Driving HARD
Name: frank mulone
Date: 25-Jan-2001

Every time there is a shift there is slippage and friction to make it happen.Higher RPM and heavy loads make for more friction and slippage than usual.
How much quicker will it wear out is dependant on maintenance too.
If it lasts 2/3 of what it would have normally lasted it still may be worth it to you if you are having fun.
Then again sometimes even babying a transmission does not make it last what it should have.
It is not an absolute science and there are no guarantees, just odds, and the odds are working against you when working a transmission hard.

...just for the record...
2006 E350 w/ 155k miles (Daily Driver)

1993 300E 3.2L Sedan w/ close to about 300k miles
2003 E500 Brilliant Silver (Had 217k miles when totalled!)
1989 300E with 289,000 miles (had for <1 yr while in HI)
03 CLK 500 cabrio (Mom's)
2006 C230k (Dad's)
1999 S420 (Mom's/Dad's)
2000 C230k Sport sedans
2001 CLK320 Cabrio (Mom's)
1995 C280 My First Mercedes-Benz... (155k miles. EXCEPTIONAL AUTOMOBILE. Was Very hard to let go of!)
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