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Old 07-07-2000, 10:10 AM
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When I accelerate to 25mph and then hold, I end up in 4th gear with the rpm's around 1000. Is this normal? What gear are you in at 25 mph?

Is this putting a lot of strain on my engine/tanny?


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Old 07-11-2000, 02:04 PM
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4th gear @ 25mph is okay-fine?


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Old 07-11-2000, 05:24 PM
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My car will drop that low which is annoying, considering that I drive an MB with *no power* anywhere below 3000 rpm. I think it's normal, to answer your question, and I don't know if it hurts a diesel to lug it around like that. My solution is to keep my car in third anytime not on the highway. Even locked in third, if I'm traveling at 25 it'll lag or I'll have to kick it down to second in order to really scoot. So I usually just go 50. Everywhere. What can I say - I like throttle response and can't afford a 400/500/AMG anything yet...

I had a 300SD-T a while back and talk about SLOW - I used to drive that car using the gearshift constantly. Probably accelerated tranny death (still got 240k miles out of it though).

In short - I hope a tech answers this, because I've no doubt confused the issue.

Matt (93 190 2.6)
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Old 07-11-2000, 10:16 PM
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I had the same annoying thing happen to me...pull out into traffic and before I knew it, I was already in fourth, not getting anywhere until I hit 2k rpm when the turbo did its thing. So I did some reading here on Mercedesshop, and I did some looking, and reading, and one day I got the balls/guts to fiddle with the bowden cable adjustment. Not much difference...then frustration took over and I gave that thing another turn or two, and voila! (note: the reason mine may have been out of adjustment, is that the head was removed at one point, so the cable was messed with)
Hope this helps -Larry

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