Date registered: Sep 2005
Vehicle: Green '02 E320 Wagon
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Dan, I'm with you 100%; loving manuals and wondering how to get more from TipTronic. For now, I've given up on my E320 TipTronic, letting the D do what it wants to give me the smoothest ride possible.
But I sometimes drive it just like my other daily driver, a manual. 4-3-2 for engine braking approaching a 90 degree turn, then stay in 2nd with high revs to feel "locked in" during the turn, instead of being pulled outward with low revs in 4th. Stay in 3 or 4 when merging onto a highway because I may need high-rev quick power to manuver. And lock into 1st in a parking deck so it won't shift every 3 seconds.
I haven't used TipTronic for "race" modes just yet. Off the light, I let D effortlessly glide up to 6k rpm and shift, 6k rpm and shift, over and over. And for "battling traffic" (can you tell I'm in NJ), TipTronic is nowhere near as stealthy as a smooth two-gear double-clutch downshift seconds before that "hole" opens up, giving you 2k rpm more power without anyone noticing. If you tip down two gears fast enough, will it shift through both or skip down two? Shifting through both would be a disaster.
Yes, do keep it in D and enjoy the handling and smooth transmission, but don't forget your manual roots!
Getting my Benz back on the road one step at a time