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Old 04-16-2008, 10:30 PM
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Trans Doesn't Use 1st Gear

I've got an '83 240D, automatic 4 speed trans.

1st gear won't engage at all. I only get 2 shifts -- floor it off the line, gradually do it. Even moving the shift lever manually -- all the way to the stop, up to the next -- 1 shift. up to D, 1 more shift, then done.



Vacuum orifice incorrectly installed was sending the wrong vacuum to the transmission. Ordering a new orifice and all should be well.
1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D
Automatic, A/C, Power Sunroof, Power Right Side Mirror

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Old 04-16-2008, 10:35 PM
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If the shifter is in L the tranny should start in 1st gear. Put it in L and then go back up to D and drive off it should start in 1st and then shift into 2nd very soon.
1985 300TD Turbo Euro-wagon
1979 280CE 225,200 miles
1985 300D Turbo 264,000 miles
1976 240D 190,000 miles
1979 300TD 220,000

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