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1993 300CE Cabriolet (mine) ; 1994 E320 Wagon (wife's) ; 1990 Benz 300E 2.6 (son's)
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so cruising down the highway at a steady 50 or so MPH, and shifting from 3 to D and back does nothing ?
 

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its been a couple years since I drove our 260E, my son has it now... but I'm thinking, 3000 rpm was close to 60 or 62 MPH in 4th/drive.
 

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I can count the gear shifts from stop if I have it set to start in 1st, it will only climb to 3rd. Im usually doing 3000-3500 RPM's around 50-55mph.
 

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As before do you know its normal for your car to starts in second gear every time you put the selector in to D for drive then it wont start off in first gear . Always starts in second gear .. -2-3-4
Yeah. If I don’t put it in 1st it only shifts from 2 to 3 and that’s it. It never goes to top gear. Plus when I let off it engine brakes at high RPMs. Does not go to 4th and cruise smoothly.
 

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Bit of an Update

I got busy with other cars and other things lately so I have not worked on the W124 much until today. Myself and a friend dropped the valve body today on the car and replaced the springs. More or less the car shifts are way firmer and I am able to chirp the tires between gear shifts but I still do not have 4th gear. I am still not fully convinced that the car does not have some dirt or debris in the valve body channels that I am not able to see.

Couple of questions:

1. Does anyone know if anywhere that they sell re-manufactured valve bodies for these cars and/or somewhere I can send mine that does high pressure cleaning to get all the channels cleaned up?
2. I have access to a diesel transmission, does anyone know if the valve body would be the same between the gas version of this car and the diesel? I wanted to swap them and see what would happen.

In the meantime, here is some pictures of the work today if anyone is curious or would like it for future reference.
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