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    Do 500E's start in first gear?

    Question for the experts: do 500E500s take off in 1st gear, or 2nd? My 500SL starts in 2nd, which is annoying at times. Thanks.

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    Re: FS:1994 MERCEDES E500 135K MILES 199 Black on Black - $24950 (Chicago)

    Quote Originally Posted by Pathung View Post
    Question for the experts: do 500E500s take off in 1st gear, or 2nd? My 500SL starts in 2nd, which is annoying at times. Thanks.
    Second gear, unless you force it to start in first gear by moving the lever to the “B” position and back to “D,” or mash the throttle to the floor from a standstill.

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    Re: Do 500E's start in first gear?

    What Gerry said. You can make your 500SL start in 1st by installing a 400E/E420 valve body, if your 500SL is 1993-1995 USA model year. Same upgrade is popular with the E500E.

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    Re: Do 500E's start in first gear?

    I have a '91, so I guess my option is to mash the throttle. Thanks for the info., Gerry and gsxr.

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