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View Poll Results: Should I convert my 1985 300D to a manual?
Yes, do it to it!!! 6 75.00%
Nope, don't screw with what works. 2 25.00%
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Old 08-07-2006, 01:21 PM
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Convert the 300D to a manual?

I am in process of acquiring a 240D parts cart. The 240D is a manual. Should I take the manual trans from the 240D and put it in my 1985 300D ?

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Old 08-07-2006, 05:43 PM
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Of those who voted "Yes" who has a diesel with a manual?
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Old 08-07-2006, 05:51 PM
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Of those who voted "Yes" who has a diesel with a manual?
aye matey. NA tho, Drool on turbo.
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Old 08-07-2006, 05:56 PM
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I like my manual turbo but, if I was to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't. 240s and N/A 300's are better suited to the manual tranny than a turbo and it's ungoverned IP.
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Old 08-07-2006, 05:57 PM
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The part that I think is funny is that last night I was telling my son about this parts car and that it had a manual transmission. Right away he got this grin and said. "what about putting the manual in Margaret?" I am so proud of him (sniff)
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Old 08-07-2006, 10:40 PM
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The part that I think is funny is that last night I was telling my son about this parts car and that it had a manual transmission. Right away he got this grin and said. "what about putting the manual in Margaret?" I am so proud of him (sniff)
someone is going to have a W123 as a first car.. isnt he?
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:24 PM
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I have one and love it.
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:27 PM
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I wish I had one. If you have the parts, time, tools, resources, patience, ect. I'd say go for it. I just may hold off on rebuilding the '85 if I can get a manual from a guy I know that has three 240D's, two with manuals that he doesn't use.
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:28 AM
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Well referencing my post about the parts car....
I bought a parts car....well 1/2 of one

I noticed that the bell housing is rather small on this 200D. Thus the clutch must be very small. I am concerned about using this manual transmission on a turbo 617 engine for fear that the clutch would not last.

Does anyone know if the manual tranmission on a Euro 200D is the same as used on the 300D and/or 240D?

I like the idea of this project, however, if the engine has too much torque for the clutch I don't want to do it. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:30 AM
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check here:

http://macmerc.eltrakon.pl/index.html

also, check the EPC on the russian website
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Old 08-15-2006, 11:21 AM
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Is there a significant MPG increase after switch a auto 300D to a manual?
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Old 08-15-2006, 01:58 PM
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I am concerned about using this manual transmission on a turbo 617 engine for fear that the clutch would not last.

I like the idea of this project, however, if the engine has too much torque for the clutch I don't want to do it. Any thoughts?
A 617 with too much torque? ROFLMAO!!!

This has been brought up ad nausaeum; these trannies and clutches are plenty stout.

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Is there a significant MPG increase after switch a auto 300D to a manual?
No.
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Old 08-15-2006, 08:08 PM
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I like the idea of this project, however, if the engine has too much torque for the clutch I don't want to do it. Any thoughts?
I've had no issues since I converted nearly a year ago and over 8,000miles.

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Old 08-15-2006, 08:10 PM
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Is there a significant MPG increase after switch a auto 300D to a manual?
i would expect to increase one to two mpg hiway.

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