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Old 05-29-2003, 09:44 PM
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Does my mb start off in 2nd. gear???

If so what is mb's reason for this.When is 1st. gear used?
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Old 05-29-2003, 10:06 PM
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It should. It's kind of a default winter mode. If you want to start off in first, shift from D to 2 then back to 2 at a standstill. You'll start off in first.

The reasons are probably steeped MB tradition like using vacuum central locking into the 90s, no tilt steering wheel in a luxury car until the 90s, Becker radios, etc.

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Old 05-29-2003, 11:24 PM
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Second gear starts are smoother and extended the gas milage performance of MB cars. On some models, a "S"port and "E"conomy switch was added to the transmission face plate or a kickdown button was fitted behind the gas pedal to engage the lower gear. MB's weren't targeted at the stoplight racers.
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Old 05-30-2003, 12:10 AM
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Thanks for the reply,i guess it's a German thing.
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Old 05-30-2003, 04:30 AM
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MB's weren't targeted at the stoplight racers.
Is this the same MB that did away with second gear starts in the mid-90s?

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Old 05-30-2003, 04:35 AM
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Someone in Stuttgart finally figured out why so many car transporters were on the road from Munich with cars that were selling!
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