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Old 09-19-2001, 08:30 AM
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400E always starts in first gear

Good Morning from florida;

Let me put this question to the panel. I have a 92 400E which always starts in 1st gear. My 87 300 started in second but I just thought it was a design modification. Now from what I read It may be that sometning is wrong. Any input guys?
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Old 09-19-2001, 08:44 AM
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All 400es start off in 1st gear. Due to the tall rear differential ratio, starting off in 2nd, like the 300e or 500e, would not be good.

So all is working fine.

Hope this helps.

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Old 09-19-2001, 09:23 AM
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David that is music to my ears. Thanks. I see we have something in common. Maybe you could shed some light on the shifting pattern then. When the car shifts from first to second it almost immediately upshifts to third unless I am really on the pedal. Can you tell me if this is normal too. Thanks
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Old 09-19-2001, 10:56 AM
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My '91 300E always starts in 1st gear as well. I'm thinking that an option that came with the car is the reason -- like limited slip differential? Not sure, but I like it.

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Old 10-21-2001, 09:36 AM
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Sorry for the delay. I didn't see your reply last month.

The shift pattern sounds like it is just an out of adjustment bowden cable. Do a search on "bowden" and you will see a few threads regarding the subject.

There is a good one that explaines in good detail how to adjust it on a M119 engine.

Let us know if that resolves the shifting issue.
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Old 10-21-2001, 09:39 AM
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I think the "1st gear start" started in the 1991 model year.

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Old 10-21-2001, 06:46 PM
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Originally posted by loubapache
I think the "1st gear start" started in the 1991 model year.

Yup, that is what I have heard also.
2006 E350 w/ 155k miles (Daily Driver)

1993 300E 3.2L Sedan w/ close to about 300k miles
2003 E500 Brilliant Silver (Had 217k miles when totalled!)
1989 300E with 289,000 miles (had for <1 yr while in HI)
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2006 C230k (Dad's)
1999 S420 (Mom's/Dad's)
2000 C230k Sport sedans
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1995 C280 My First Mercedes-Benz... (155k miles. EXCEPTIONAL AUTOMOBILE. Was Very hard to let go of!)
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