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I have seen some models of our cars with a manual transmission...was that an option for the car? were those just swaped out with the original ones?
 

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Manual was an "option" for the six-cylinder 280/300 models. Not quite sure about the SD's though - as they officially only were sold in the US, I suppose they were auto's only?
 

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Mark420 - 2/17/2005 4:28 PM

Would a transmission like that fit for the 420
Not my territory at all. But from other strings I've read I've learned aprox this: None of the six-pot (280/300SE) transmissions will fit the W126 V8's (M116 and M117 engines). Main reason beeing that the M117 engine has the starter motor on its right hand side. All 4-speed transmissions built for the W123 og G-wagons W460 could fit, except transmissions for the M102 engine (the 2,3l engine). Getrag GL275 boxes from a G-wagon or a W123 may also fit. Maybe also some of the newer diesel MB van boxes. But Mercedes haven't developed manual transmissions for engines with much more than 230nm torque. The immense torque of the M117 engine will grind the mentioned gearboxes to cinder in less than 80.000 km's. Which leads me to my point: Why on earth would you even consider putting a manual g-box in an W126 V8?
 
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