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Manual Transmission?

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I'm planning on getting a brand new SLK350 soon. Before I do, just got some questions about manual transmission. BTW I never used manual transmission before. What's fake manual? Is it easy to learn how to use it? What does SLK350 come with? Is there any sites that have information about it?

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Hello,

I'm planning on getting a brand new SLK350 soon. Before I do, just got some questions about manual transmission. BTW I never used manual transmission before. What's fake manual? Is it easy to learn how to use it? What does SLK350 come with? Is there any sites that have information about it?

Thanks!
New SLK 350, that's great. The SLK 280 and 350 come standard with the six speed manual. The auto is an option. If you get your SLK with a manual, I'd suggest you practice on something other than your new SLK. Fake transmission (?) not sure. I assume it's an automatic with a manual mode. Check out www.MBusa.com and click on "build your own".


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New SLK 350, that's great. The SLK 280 and 350 come standard with the six speed manual. The auto is an option. If you get your SLK with a manual, I'd suggest you practice on something other than your new SLK. Fake transmission (?) not sure. I assume it's an automatic with a manual mode. Check out www.MBusa.com and click on "build your own".
Thanks for the reply! I kinda have some experience with driving manual mode with my smart car but its auto with manual.
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Welcome to the forum, I assume you are not familiar with a manual transmission so here it goes.

The manual SLK350 is a 6 speed. You need to use the clutch pedal when changing gears.

The auto SLK350 is a 7 speed. It has touch shift (fake manual) to override the automatic and force a gear change. It's probably similar to your smart.

Check out MB Canada for more info.
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i would recommend the 7 speed auto. the manual is good, but i felt there was a gear lacking! the extra 7th gives alot more freedom in the gear ratio. lpus in traffic its such a breeze without a clutch and comfort on. the paddles are an absolute must with the auto, as you could get frustated without the option to drop a gear a 2 when needed.
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i would recommend the 7 speed auto. the manual is good, but i felt there was a gear lacking! the extra 7th gives alot more freedom in the gear ratio. lpus in traffic its such a breeze without a clutch and comfort on. the paddles are an absolute must with the auto, as you could get frustated without the option to drop a gear a 2 when needed.
The 6-speed manual is a dream. It makes the car so much more engaging and fun. So much so, it's worth not having the 55 engine just to have. I would only go with the automatic if you are in traffic such as LA, Manhatten or Calcutta. Even in Miami's traffic, the smooth 6-speed makes you smile.

Oh yeah, and with the 55 engine. The gearing of that 7 speed seems much better. Each 350 I drove with an auto seemed to be ALWAYS in the wrong gear, and sluggish to adapt. These were with new cars. Later on, when I drove a C Class with the 7speed, and it had 15,000 miles on it, then that transmission actually felt right.

So, if you can't try a manual (as is impossible here as they only stock automatics) and try the automatic, know the stick is absolutly wonderful. Also know the automatic improves with miles, so your first drives might not be accurate to how the trans adapts.

One more thing: If you care about what people say (and I do not) know I've had several people say, "oh an SLK with a stick, so not a chick car."
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One more thing: If you care about what people say (and I do not) know I've had several people say, "oh an SLK with a stick, so not a chick car."
I've heard this at many BMW meets, MB with a stick, Benz is finally make men's cars. I don't really care either.

I'm with Racer, 6sp is smooth enough to be a daily driver, the clutch is soft so it doesn't get tiring stepping on it. My friend drove my car the other day and kept commenting on how soft and smooth the gears changes were compared to the S2000. Do it.

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Shifting gears is the way to go in a sports car. The SLK is a sports car, the gear box is smooth and fun. When I got mama a jeep with automatic, she said " I wanted to shift gears", jeep now parked in warehouse. Brought home a Passat with manual, she said automatic is the way to go, went and got her an automatic. Talked about SLK, she said manual trans and I agree. Mama is always right, she has only been wrong once,,,, and that was when she thought she was wrong. When in doubt,,, ask mama.
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I've always been a manual transmission guy. Given a choice, I'll always pick a manual over an auto. I recently purchased a used 2005 SLK 55. The auto was the only negative when choosing the SLK 55. I do love the car and everything that goes with it. The auto, regardless being a seven speed automatic, with comfort, sport, and manual modes is still an automatic. You can up shift and down shift, but it's not the same. I find it awkward, but I've only had the car for two weeks. Finding a new or used SLK 280 or 350 manual can be a challenge, but not impossible. If you think you want a manual, don't settle for less. By no means am I disappointed with my SLK 55. It's more than I could have hoped for and a thrill to drive and own. My disappointment is with MB for their lack of a six speed manual in the SLK 55.


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A Warm Welcome from Kuwait, I hope you enjoy your Stay in the forumand congrads in advance on your new SLK.

Given the Choice I would forgoe the 7Speed Auto on the 350 for a 6Speedmanual.

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A Warm Welcome from Kuwait, I hope you enjoy your Stay in the forumand congrads in advance on your new SLK.

Given the Choice I would forgoe the 7Speed Auto on the 350 for a 6Speedmanual.
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I've heard this at many BMW meets, MB with a stick, Benz is finally make men's cars. I don't really care either.

I'm with Racer, 6sp is smooth enough to be a daily driver, the clutch is soft so it doesn't get tiring stepping on it. My friend drove my car the other day and kept commenting on how soft and smooth the gears changes were compared to the S2000. Do it.
One more thing. I drove the Boxster S and Cayman S with the stick, and the clutch was considered by many to be very light. It's much heavier then the SLK to me. You see, do to a bad mix of weight lifting and various Martial Arts, I have torn off 50% of my left knee's medial miniscus.

After that, taking down plywood after a hurricane, I ripped more cartiledge. Right now the right knee has one surgery, the left knee two. The SLK's clutch does not aggrivate my left knee at all, which is very, very sensative now.
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Because the 7g is much better programmed in the 55 than in the 280/350, I would go for the manual gearbox. If you slow down in a 55 the automatic shifts down, not in the 280/350. Pushing the thruttle again the 55 is automaticly in the right gear, the 280/350 is shifting down first. And the shifting times are different, 55 fast (could be faster...) 280/350 slow (much too slow)
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Because the 7g is much better programmed in the 55 than in the 280/350, I would go for the manual gearbox. If you slow down in a 55 the automatic shifts down, not in the 280/350. Pushing the thruttle again the 55 is automaticly in the right gear, the 280/350 is shifting down first. And the shifting times are different, 55 fast (could be faster...) 280/350 slow (much too slow)
I assure that, Because we had a 06 Cubanite SLK280 (parents car) the steering was stiffer than the 55, slower reacting gearbox and it wasnt comfortable for my parents so we upgraded for an XKR.

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I'd have to agree with everyone here. Being a manual purist, I can testify that the clutch is light enough for traffic (I'm in LA), and it almost becomes second nature where you don't even notice or care that you're stepping on the clutch all the time. The clutch is also light enough and forgiving enough, coupled with a non-clunky gearbox, that double-clutching on downshifts comes with ease. However, my only complaint is that the gas pedal is so far recessed compared to the brake pedal, making heel-toe manuevers all but impossible.

I did the Glendora ridge aggression with tslick and cyberdrakon, and I was double-clutching all day before corners. Good enough, but heel/toe braking would have led to smoother and faster braking.
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Hello,

I'm planning on getting a brand new SLK350 soon. Before I do, just got some questions about manual transmission. BTW I never used manual transmission before. What's fake manual? Is it easy to learn how to use it? What does SLK350 come with? Is there any sites that have information about it?

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Hi and welcome to SLKWorld. IMHO, if you have never driven a MT, then get the AT. You wont regret it, and the AT is what you will enjoy about your SLK. I have always driven a MT, got a Lexus with AT and couldn't wait to go back to a MT (and I have been driving cars for 20+ years). My brother loves sports cars, but always gets the AT. He has had several Acura's and gets the AT, and has them with the paddle shift now.

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Age old topic manual v auto drive them both and get the one you like best
both are good its just a matter of personal pref.
Whatever you decide you will have a great time in the SLK post some pictures and let us know when you get yours
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The manual six speed in my SLK 320 is very clunky - synchro problems and it's been like that from the day I bought it with 20K on the car. Can anyone tell me if I can swap out the 320 trans for the 350?
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SLK 320 manual trans swap from 350

Curious as to why you think it is not possible to swap out the SLK 320 6 spd for the SLK 360 6 spd.
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