'94 C280 manual 5-speed

Discussion in 'Engine' started by Maverick, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. Maverick

    Maverick New Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    hello everyone !

    please read the following, coz it's a nice
    (sad) story !

    i have a '94 C280, that was originally manual 5 speed, when it was produced.

    it seems the guy who sold it to me is soo dumb, thay he changed it to an
    automatic transmission,

    but using a C180 4-speed auto transmission, while leaving the same old
    differential, that has a ratio of 3.27 (auto C280 needs one with 2.82 ratio
    as i know) !!!!!

    so now the car has a great acceleration, but a maximum speed of 170km/h

    I would like to change it back to original manual 5speed, and i wanna know:

    This differential (3.27) is the one for a manual 5 speed, right ?

    Does the manual 5-speed of a 190E 2.6 or 2.3, work on it ???

    anything else i should replace, add or remove ?? thanx a lot guys. and hope
    to know soon.

    '89 260E
    '94 C280
  2. V12

    V12 MB Club Veteran

    Jun 17, 2002
    S320CDI LWB
    No, I'm afraid you wont drop a 190 Box striaght in there...

    You could however probably geta Diff to fit easily enough.

    All C-Class diffs are 124 part numbered and 230E diffs are the same as 180 (as a rule of thumb, not entirely true)
    Ratios in the diff are easier to deal with than a box change...

  3. OP

    Maverick New Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    hmm, then u think a 190 2.6 gearbox wouldn't work,

    but as diff level, it's the one fitted is the right one for a manual 5

    speed C280 for sure, coz the car was manual originally. I hope i

    can find a used manual 5-speed for a C280. i've already spent a

    lot working on the vacuum that was faulty, and the kick down

    cable that wasn't even there.


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