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flixbiz 08-25-2003 09:12 AM

Engine Braking on 560SL?
Does the 560SL have an engine brake? When I release my accelerator at 35mph or higher, I feel the engine decelerating the car. It's not missing, it idles smoothly and doesn't seem to be cutting out. It's just a noticeable pull back in velocity. Anybody know what this is?

cbdo 08-25-2003 09:39 PM

It's just that the MB torque converter of the latter 80's wasn't intended to provide infinite glide, as seen in max-fuel-economy-engineered vehicles, but rather to retain a more direct connection between the engine and the car, not to mention between driver and machine. Noticed a similar difference, albeit more so, going from the Detroit barges Dad drove in the 60's (Lincoln, Cadillac) to his first MB in '69. Drive a car with a manual tranny and you'll notice more of a difference.

flixbiz 08-25-2003 09:52 PM

Yes, that's exactly what it reminds me of. It's like not upshifting a manual transmission and the gear returns the engine down to its optimal RPM. So there's nothing wrong with it, then. Thanks for the response cbdo!

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