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Old 12-31-2009, 08:50 PM
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Had you been in Seattle if could have been my son, we have an 81 240D 4speed car with a NA 300D engine and 3.07 gears in it. It is faster than my brothers 84 SD and his friends 85 300 CD. I routinely pass cars in the fast lane while climbing our hills and I am sure they are shocked when a 240 blows by them. My son wanted to put 300 badges on it and I said a sleeper is more fun.

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Old 12-31-2009, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by MBeige View Post
A 5-speed swap would probably be much better for lower highway RPMs, but not that much drop. I miss the acceleration when my 300D had the 3.69...
I wish i could find a five speed... I try to keep it off the freeway although it sounds ok when i do. It positively rips around town, well for a diesel Benz it does.

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Old 12-31-2009, 10:55 PM
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I am hoping my W115 turbo 617 4 speed manual with the 3.69 will outrun a 300D turbo automatic...
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Squiggle Dog View Post
These cars tend to have the reputation of being slow, but I think "medium slow" is more accurate. You won't win any races or be able to jump out into traffic from a stop, but they do just fine in normal driving situations if you floor it and shift quickly.
I originally bought my 240D because I was tire of getting tickets. It worked!

I can't wait to get it back on the road cause I loved the way it hummed at 65MPH.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by diametricalbenz View Post
I am hoping my W115 turbo 617 4 speed manual with the 3.69 will outrun a 300D turbo automatic...
Curtis, that sounds like a fun car! Isn't the W115 also lighter?
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:19 PM
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Must be the weather down here. Not sure if my orient red 240d counts as plum, but the only part of I-37 I am ever on is the stretch near the alamo dome on my way to get biodiesel, and I am usually in the wagon, so I doubt it was me, but I regularly smoke by people on the hi-way here in my 240D. I can pull 85 if I have to, but 75 seems to be a sweet spot for mine.

All the talk about slow 240D's seems a bit overstated to me. I never have trouble keeping up with San Antonio traffic. Katy (on the way in to Houston) is another story - they are CRAZY over there!!! :b
Possibly orient red . The car was merging from 181 to 37 north . Would biodiesel reduce smoke when accelerating thats what we noticed hell even the wife was saying " its not even smoking like yours " . What rear gears did these 4spds come with ? 65 - 70 is where mine likes to stay but I guess tire size comes into play here 185 / 75 / 14's acceleration increased when I installed them it had 205's when I got it.

I also stand corrected in san antonio its not considered merging more like side by side racing cut over then blink once. Proper way of changing lanes!!?? Maybe thats why it seemed diffrent the guy in the mercedes actually merged this in turn mesmerized me caused me to sit back in amazement and made a 240 seem extremley fast .

Experience : what you receive 3 seconds after you really needed it !!

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