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Old 11-15-2001, 10:58 PM
Carl L.
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'97 E320 Shifting Late

My '97 E320 shifts late in lower gears when cold. Every morning it seems to hold on to 2nd and 3rd gear until I hit 3200 RPMs. After the first run through the gears, it shifts fine. Is this normal?
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Old 11-15-2001, 11:18 PM
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Yes, it will hold on to 2nd gear (not 3rd...) until 3100 RPMs or until your coolant level has reached 50 degrees C.

But I wouldn't recommend having to do that..... if I drive about 1/2 a mile it will usually shift out on it's own. I mean I try and avoid revving the engine that high when it's cold.
But I know it's not possible all the time.
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