2008. 320"s" - gear shift on steering column ?

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my neighbour was showing me his new 320 S, lovely looking big car, superb inside. it's a three litre diesel, good ecconomy and quite quick for such a big heavy car.

the one thing he does not like, to the point of contacting mercedes HQ, is the gear change is located on the right hand side of the steering column and looks just like the turn indicator.

he said he has operated it a few times out of habit and he feels it is actually dangerous ? he said you could select reverse gear whilst moving forward at low speed ? i found this hard to beleive, but he seemed sincere about it.

does anyone out there know if this situation is possible ? herbiemercman.
 

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my neighbour was showing me his new 320 S, lovely looking big car, superb inside. it's a three litre diesel, good ecconomy and quite quick for such a big heavy car.

the one thing he does not like, to the point of contacting mercedes HQ, is the gear change is located on the right hand side of the steering column and looks just like the turn indicator.

he said he has operated it a few times out of habit and he feels it is actually dangerous ? he said you could select reverse gear whilst moving forward at low speed ? i found this hard to beleive, but he seemed sincere about it.

does anyone out there know if this situation is possible ? herbiemercman.

Yes, at very low speed just as you can with a floor mounted shift. Since the only job needed is to select drive and then let the box do the work (or use the paddle shift on the steering wheel), I see no problem with having the lever on the steering column and freeing up stowage space in the centre console. Good idea I think. Some of the new E's have it too.
 

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If it's on the RHS, I can't see the problem, given the turn indicator is on the left.
The cruise control is on a stalk and we never hit that accidentally. Possibly it's not positioned well (I doubt I'll ever be fortunate enough to find out) but knowing MB, they're normally really careful with ergonomics.
 

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Interesting being on the right, when the shift is on the left, you have one to engage D as soon you have started with the left hand. Is there a gate on the selector

Is there any tiptronic now on these cars.

Maybe the shape of things to come is, doing away with the center console and have 3 seats in the front as the yanks in the 60's :rolleyes::rolleyes:
 
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thanks for info guys, i have not driven the car but i feel i could get used to the situation, however the current owner does not agree.

in his car the usual position for the auto gearshift has been replaced with a large knob for operating the satnav.

so no bench seat possibility, sorry malcolm, when they do get arround to the bench seat as i had in the 60's in my dad's vauxhall cresta, you,ll be able to buy one, circa £47K. herbiemercman.
 

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so no bench seat possibility, sorry malcolm, when they do get arround to the bench seat as i had in the 60's in my dad's vauxhall cresta, you,ll be able to buy one, circa £47K. herbiemercman.


The people in those cresta's and Zodiac's pictures must have been very skinny
 

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Yes, at very low speed just as you can with a floor mounted shift. Since the only job needed is to select drive and then let the box do the work (or use the paddle shift on the steering wheel), I see no problem with having the lever on the steering column and freeing up stowage space in the centre console. Good idea I think. Some of the new E's have it too.

I am with you on the principle. I only touch the gear lever at the beginning and the end of each journey, and if manoeuvering.

When you think of it, the cruise control lever on the left is adjacent to the indicator stalk. We manipulate the cruise control up, down, towards you and away many times on a motorway journey, without looking at it and without confusion. So I think the odds of getting in a twist over a gear selector to the right of the column are slim.

I also think it would be tricky to engage reverse in an automatic box while going forward, even by accident, so the spectacular upsets seen on manual cars (I think E Types specialized at this) should not happen.
 

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If you try and engage reverse gear while at speed going forwards the gearbox has a safety program to dump the pressure in the solenoids so no damage occurs amongst other safety items built in. All depends if you are brave enough to try it, I'm not!
 

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When you think of it, the cruise control lever on the left is adjacent to the indicator stalk. We manipulate the cruise control up, down, towards you and away many times on a motorway journey, without looking at it and without confusion.


Wonderful Distronic again just set it and that the end of it :D
 

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