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Old 01-11-2002, 01:39 AM
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What is "B" in German?

Although I don't own a 126 any more I always questioned why they called first gear "B". Maybe "Bad a$$ Burnout"? Dose anyone know what it stands for??
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Old 01-11-2002, 02:49 AM
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B in german means B

(unless its a Weird shaped B ,Then it means "S")

ok the B on your shifter stands for Brake.
this is used when you are towing a trailer downhill to use your engine's "braking effect" to keep it slow without overheating the brakes.
this is to be used under 40 mph!
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Old 01-11-2002, 03:00 AM
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WHAT!! Shame on anyone who has a trailer hitch on a Mercedes! ( other than an ML ) Sure, these cars have the power to tow but is that really what German engineers were thinking when they labeled it "B"???
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In germany they tow everything with their sedans.(mostly 4 cyl.)
Buying a truck just to tow a car trailer or camp trailer is unheard of.
But trailers are lighter weight there.
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Old 01-11-2002, 09:09 AM
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Yes,

Pickup trucks are virtually non existent in Germany. If you see one, most likely an American GI is driving it.

One of my customers in Germany really gets a big laugh out of the pickup trucks when he comes to the US. He says "it only carries two people!"

I've seen all kinds of cars pulling everything from travel trailers to horse trailers in Germany.

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Old 01-11-2002, 10:37 AM
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I think a TE should come with a standard tow hitch! But instead, the Euro MBZ hitch isn't even available in this country

And it's indeed a riot to see all sorts of sedans/wagons towing all manner of trailers in Germany...and not a pickup truck in sight.

But you do see an occasional ML
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