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Old 11-17-2006, 09:15 PM
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Second gear start????...........W123

I test drove a 1983 300d today and the sales man said the car starts out in second when the gear selector is in drive... Is this true?

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Old 11-17-2006, 09:28 PM
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IIRC the w123 starts in first... the w126 560SEC starts in second.. and i do belive the gazzers do... but i could be wrong about the 123 diesel
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:32 PM
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Both my W123s start in first gear.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:31 PM
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IIRC the w123 starts in first... the w126 560SEC starts in second.. and i do belive the gazzers do... but i could be wrong about the 123 diesel
The Don is right, all the automatic diesels start in first gear. If it is starting in 2nd there may be a problem, but it is common for the trannies to not shift correctly due to vacuum issues which control the shifting of the tranny.

Why are you buying one of these cars from a dealer? Watch out, and compare prices to eBay or this forum. There are many of these cars available from people who really took care of them and don't have a dealership to support.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:48 PM
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I may be remembering wrong but don't the W123's sit in 2nd when stopped in gear, and then go to 1st when you come off the brake onto the throttle?
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:53 PM
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Thanks for the info,,, it was a fairly nice car 182K miles, ran, drove and stopped great and less than 3000 dollars. The tranny shifting just didnt seem right to me,, hence the question.
I checked the items mentioned in this fourm to look for in a 300d and it had alot of the common ones wrong with it.

I am in the looking stage of buying right now,, going to hold out for a nicer one to come along.
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:33 PM
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The Don is right, all the automatic diesels start in first gear. If it is starting in 2nd there may be a problem, but it is common for the trannies to not shift correctly due to vacuum issues which control the shifting of the tranny.

Why are you buying one of these cars from a dealer? Watch out, and compare prices to eBay or this forum. There are many of these cars available from people who really took care of them and don't have a dealership to support.
Mine starts in second gear unless you use the kick down switch

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