Date registered: Nov 2005
Vehicle: 1982 300TDT 150,000 miles 1985 380SE 130,000 miles 1991 560SEL 81,000 miles (a/k/a the nightmare)
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Some W126s start in first and some in second. I'm not sure about the Euro versions, but my 380 starts in first and came that way from the factory. The 560s start in second, and you could either get a factory first gear start, or an after market for them. I believe the 420s start in second as well...
So my guess is, anything lower than and including the 380 motor should start off in first. Anything bigger than 380 should start in second unless you're really on the gas, or you're lucky enough to have a factory first gear start module or a Bergwerks module...
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