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Old 02-14-2003, 05:31 AM
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Cold transmission is sluggish

I was used to my wife's 1989 190e. Operation of the transmission in this replacement 1993 190e is desidely different.
Tranny oil is clean and on the mark. Morning before the car comes up to temperature, the shift points are notably higher. Shift is smooth but on 25mph ciry streets, I almost have to get it up to 30 mph (which I dislike doing) to get it to shift downwards. I've read about the fill level changing as the tranny warms up and perhaps this is normal. Nothing else works suspeciously out of order. Normal? Time for me to forget it?

1993 MB190e 104k
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Old 02-14-2003, 09:19 AM
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Hello Paul:

Thanks for your message. I have a '93 190e as well, and my transmission does very similar things to yours. I have found two things helpful to get the tranny operating well:

1. If you need to go at high speeds right off the bat like I do, let it idle for about 5min. before you begin driving - it makes a world of difference.

2. When you first start, be gentle - don't punch the acclerator, and when you stop/start, accelerate very gently. The transmission will be punchy if you're firm on the gas when it's cold, but if your foot is a little lighter, that will make a big difference.

Hope this is helpful!

Take care-

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