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makakio 03-14-2000 05:49 PM

Hi all,

Quick question: I'm looking for advice as to whether to stick to factory service intervals or accelerate my transmission servicing due to having a really heavy right foot.

At last change, fluid was red, didn't smell cooked and no metallic gunk fell out of the drain. Looked OK - but still I'm wondering as it seems I'm always reading how something as insignificant as a misplaced speck of dust can wreak havoc and destroy these trannys...

93 190 2.6 70k/mi

jeffsr 03-14-2000 07:00 PM

Matt, how heavy is your right foot. I.e. what do you mean? Are you doing any manual shifting of the tranny? Do you hold the brakes and build the RPM until the converter stalls? Need more detail re "heavy right foot".

Jeff L
1987 300e
1989 300e
1987 BMW 325

Benzmac 03-14-2000 09:07 PM

If you are abusing the tranny, I would service it more often. How much? That is up to you.

1981 280GE SWB
1987 16V

makakio 03-15-2000 12:19 PM


No, not doing brakestands, but lots of kickdown and shift-holding (due to slightly anemic engine and loooong third gear).

Don't even know if that qualifies as abuse, as I'm letting it get warm before putting the foot in it.

jeffsr 03-15-2000 05:12 PM

Shouldn't be a problem..What's up with the engine? Those 2.6's seem pretty peppy to me. That might be something that you should consider looking into...

Jeff L
1987 300e
1989 300e
1987 BMW 325

ColMc 03-16-2000 07:50 AM

Go by fluid colour.
if its red its OK
it degrades to brown.
Brown is burnt fluid
Grey is really bad news

Take responsibility for your car.

Check the Battery level...........

WadeT 03-17-2000 09:26 PM

Have you found any good repair shops in the area? I have had sveral bad experiences with Autobahn Motors in Redwood Shores. I have used Los Gatos Auto Mall for some simple things with success.

makakio 03-20-2000 12:05 PM

Wade - The family has used Auto Haus Los Gatos for almost twenty years with excellent results. They're MB-only, MB-certified and charge considerably less than the dealerships for maintenance. Tony Schwager is the owner and a good guy to start the relationship with - he believes in 100% customer satisfaction. They're on Winchester in Campbell (Hwy 85 to Winchester exit, head north approx one mile - it's on the left. They also specialize in the sale of MB SL's, so you'll see about thirty out front. Phone is 408/370-2655.

Blizzak454 03-20-2000 04:37 PM

is it bad to brakestand? (hold brake and build RPM) and is it bad to manually shift the tranny?


Atlanta GA, USA
1990 300E
1989 BMW 735i

jeffsr 03-20-2000 09:10 PM

Yes, it is "bad" to brake stand and force the drive train to absorb what amounts to full throttle power. When you get the torque convertor to stall, everythiinnngg gets a good torqueing and something will eventually break.

Jeff L
1987 300e
1989 300e
1987 BMW 325

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