Having been brought up with manual shift cars, where the workings of clutch
and gearbox are easy to understand, it is assumed that we are competent to
drive an auto MB. However I would like some info from those better informed.
Is it mechanically safe to allow the car to coast in Neutral. If not, then
Can the car be push started in any way?
Is it safe to switch between D and R without the car fully coming to a stop?
How is one supposed to control the car when starting on a steep hill where
the idle torque is insufficient to stop the car moving in the wrong
direction? Is it necessary to use both feet independently on brake and
throttle - the parking brake is an all-or-nothing thing.
The new 7-speed box described in the latest MB magazine locks the
torque-converter to stop slippage in steady driving. Does this happen with
the current 5-speed selectronic boxes?
Does the life of the box exceed the life of the other components? What can
be done to prolong the life of an MB auto box?