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I have a Benz 1989 300SE. When traveling 65MPH the runs at

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I have a Benz 1989 300SE. When traveling 65MPH the runs at 3400 RPM, that seems high to me. The car sifts at 20-25 MPH and again at 30-40 MPH. Does this car model start out in second gear?
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Marty replied 7 months ago.
Hi, yes the 89 300SE starts in 2nd and shifts twice into 3rd and 4th gear. All of the older model sedans had a very high engine rpm when cruising. What you are experiencing is normal.Let me know if you need anything else. Please remember to rate my service as this is the only way that I can receive credit from the website for helping you.Marty