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Old 01-11-2007, 10:29 PM
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1983 300 d Automatic trans does not take off in 1st gear

got a problem with 300d 1983 automatic , shifts perfect if shifted manually , but when in "D" it does not take off in 1st gear , as soon as i step on gaspetal and accelarate you can feel it shift into second gear even before the car starts to move , reverse is fine , only thing i did installed a new modulator becorse the rubber was bad , and it did not turn to easy for ejustement thanks erich
Old 01-12-2007, 08:01 AM
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Probably would be better if this was posted in the Diesel forum.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by ezach60@comcast View Post
but when in "D" it does not take off in 1st gear
It's not supposed to. They start in 2nd.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:16 PM
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Uhhh....Since when has a w123 had a 2nd gear start?
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:30 PM
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It depends on the year. My 77 300d starts in 2nd gear, my 85 300TD starts in first gear. I don't know what year the change was made, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was correlated with the introduction of the turbo.
1977 300d 70k--sold 08
1985 300TD 185k+
1984 307d 126k--sold 8/03
1985 409d 65k--sold 06
1984 300SD 315k--daughter's car
1979 300SD 122k--sold 2/11
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1993 GMC Sierra 6.5 TD 4x4
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:45 PM
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My '80 300 TD (N/A) starts in first. Steve

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