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Old 08-15-2015, 09:36 PM
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SHIFT POINTS? 1971 250 / w114

hello, just picked up a 1971 250 automatic. manual says it is a 4 speed, when i come from a stop i count 4 gears, but 65 mph seems at high RPM's. shifting is roughly as follows
approx 1/5 throttle.
shifts into second around 4MPH
shifts into third around 20MPH
shifts into fourth around 25-28MPH.

anyone have same model that can give some input? or any input from knowledgeable Mercedes fanatics.

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Old 08-16-2015, 10:25 AM
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This is normal. If you put the car in 2 it will stay in 1 a lot longer, and if you floor it. At 1/5 throttle it's going to shift absolutely as soon as it can. Earlier cars just start in 2nd. Then 6 cylinder engines in these cars are high-revving, and they are fine being driven that way. Don't think twice about cruising at 4000 - 5000 rpm. (I know, you don't have a dash tach).

Max RPM on engine is 6300, Max speed in 4th gear is 175 kph = 109 mph.

You may want to invest in the Mercedes shop manual for the car, which by coincidence I happen to be selling cheap. It weighs 6 pounds, measures 12" x 8" x 2" and has about a million pages. $50 shipped Conus. Send me your email if interested. Pics attached.

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