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Does anyone have any info on these cars? I saw a blue one recently with euro bumpers and headlights, it was also a 5 speed and post 86 model. (not sure of the year) I've never seen a 5 speed W126 before. It must have been for the V6 only I'm assuming. I've done a few google searches and didn't really get much info on the 5 speed version. I wonder how fast the 5 speed euro 300 is?

These cars must be super rare in the states considering you don't often see a 5 speed w126 driving around. Are these worth looking into purchasing?
 

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Hello Saleen, in Germany the 5 gear is standard for both M103 260 and 300.
To buy a W126 one must consider three basics - 1. condition, 2. condition, 3. condition ;)
 

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Dude snap it up
The 5spd set up is so rare outside of europe even if the car is S##t its worth consideration for the conversion
The 300s drive really well, you will own stock US v8s with a manual one..
Im not sure if 4th gear on the 5spd is 1-1 but if 5th is an OD you could run a 3.07ish rear and still cruise in comfort

PS they are a straight 6 not a v6 ;)
 

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Thanks for the info! I didn't know it was a straight 6 and that the manual was standard in europe, lol. Well I'll keep you guys updated on more info about the car.

I'll have to go see it in person tomorrow and check it out.
 

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Dude snap it up
The 5spd set up is so rare outside of europe even if the car is S##t its worth consideration for the conversion
The 300s drive really well, you will own stock US v8s with a manual one..
Im not sure if 4th gear on the 5spd is 1-1 but if 5th is an OD you could run a 3.07ish rear and still cruise in comfort

PS they are a straight 6 not a v6 ;)

4th is 1:1 and 5th OD on that car should be like 0.78:1
 

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Manual transmission was standard also in the middle east for the W126.
 

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...the manual was standard in europe, lol.
I thought that was common knowledge :confused: Although you're not the first I've heard say that. Just weird hearing it. If you can, please take pictures... I'd love to see that setup again. The only time I've ever seen a manual Benz was when I first moved to the US back in Cali. Does anybody know exactly how rare it is here? I understand that it can easily be imported by individuals, but was it EVER offered as an option?
 

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Does anyone have any info on these cars? I saw a blue one recently with euro bumpers and headlights, it was also a 5 speed and post 86 model. (not sure of the year) I've never seen a 5 speed W126 before. It must have been for the V6 only I'm assuming. I've done a few google searches and didn't really get much info on the 5 speed version. I wonder how fast the 5 speed euro 300 is?

These cars must be super rare in the states considering you don't often see a 5 speed w126 driving around. Are these worth looking into purchasing?
They're not fast.. i've also never seen a 5speed w126. idk if you should "just because it's rare"...unless you have money to throw around:D. definitely a rare car. i doubt it will be one worth a significant amount of money in the future though...
 

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They're not fast
Nope they are pretty slow compared to a modern super saloon
However compared to contemporary vehicles a manual 300se will be a quick large saloon car
Id put my money on one over a US spec 560 thats for sure..not to mention fuel savings over the 8
definitely a rare car. i doubt it will be one worth a significant amount of money in the future though...
Probly not the reason to buy a mass produced 20yo car :D
It will however always be special enough to find a buyer over an auto one
 

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In line six likes to rev better than the eight
Especially US spec 8 with all your smog crap (not talking 300hp ece here)
Add the ability to run a more "off the line" oriented diff thanks to the OD top...

Anyone have the 0-60 for both cars?
 

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You need to take into account rear end ratios...makes a big difference real world most 560s have 2.xx ratios
And yes a euro spec 560 is probably faster
And a 635csi is probably faster
My original point was that the 300 is no slouch for what it is ...
Id own one in a heart beat.
 

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What is the 5 speed transmission designation in this model and are there any US spec Mercs that share it?

Or if it's a europe-only item, I'd still like to know which one is the right one for a US 300se(l) conversion. Anyone?
 

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I own a manual 300SE which is VERY rare here in the UK in RHD, in fact I have only ever heard of one other which was featured in a magazine over here years ago. I must say I really like having the 5 speed. It is a bit more involving to drive and it's nice to have the extra gear as well. Faster and more economical than a 300 auto. I wouldn't say it's fast as such but certainly not slow either.
 

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A Euro spec 300 is around 188hp. Even in manual form, I find it hard to believe its faster/quicker than a US spec 560. The torque behind the 560 would propel the 560 much faster.
 

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Id put my money on one over a US spec 560 thats for sure..not to mention fuel savings over the 8
Then you would lose your money. Maybe if you said a U.S. spec 380 or 420.... or even 500, then I could consider. :p
 
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