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hi i have an ML 164 320 CDI, when first started and driven gearbox is fine, if you turn the car off say to gas up, when you then drive off it wont go into gear 6 or 7 for about 60 seconds, no limp mode or dash lights has always done it in 7th gear but just started to do it in 6th, the truck has done 156000 miles, any ideas anyone
 

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will it go into 7th if you use the paddle shifter?
is there any slippage during the gear changes?
on my 07 ml cdi there is a hill desend button that keep trans out of 7th gear. It just above ash tray. I mistakenly push button and activated the hill desend and it would not go to 7th. I thought trans was bad, but it was the button.
That's all I can think of?
 

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thanks for that, no paddle shifts won't change the gears even if you are going at the right speed for it to change, no slipping of the gears very smooth and when it does change gear eventually there is no slipping, and the hill decend button had not been pressed as i have done that before myself!
 

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156000 miles.. That's neat.:thumbsup: I'm at 112000 so just a "hair" behind you.

As for the 6 and 7 shift issue, the transmission fluid temperature has to be warm to allow these shifts, so if it is in fact warm, maybe the fluid temperature sensor is bad and not letting the transmission computer recognize that it is warm enough to shift?. Just a guess here mind you. Probably best to let the dealer or an indy put it on the Startek computer and see if something shows up.
 

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It happened to me once and only once. My solution was to boot it give some revs for 200 metres then settle back and it was fine.

It was a cool night, so may be consistent with dgiturbo's suggestion.
 

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it does it when its warm or at normal operating temp, when its cold its fine, had enough of the local merc dealer nice chaps but cant afford the bills! so will keep driving it till it breaks i guess
 

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hi i have an ML 164 320 CDI, when first started and driven gearbox is fine, if you turn the car off say to gas up, when you then drive off it wont go into gear 6 or 7 for about 60 seconds, no limp mode or dash lights has always done it in 7th gear but just started to do it in 6th, the truck has done 156000 miles, any ideas anyone
A few questions:
1) How often does this happen to you ?
2) Did this happen right after your vehicle was not in use for a long time ?
3) What year is your CDI ?
 

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A few questions:
1) How often does this happen to you ?
2) Did this happen right after your vehicle was not in use for a long time ?
3) What year is your CDI ?
it happens every time the only time it does'nt happen is when the car is first used at the begining of the day, vehicle has been used every day for 2 years it used to do it randomly in 7th gear every now and again, its a 2005 164 thank you
 
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