Hey all, I've noticed a few things about the 300D I just bought that I'd
like to ask about to see if they're normal or not:
1) I occasionally hear an intermittent "ticking" noise that seems to be
coming from under the rear seat area. It appears to increase and
decrease in frequency with the rate of speed. (i.e. the faster the car
is going, the faster the ticking is). It comes and goes without any
directly attributable cause.
2) Occasionally "sharp" shifting. The transmission seems to always want
to shift at precisely the points when I'm letting off the gas pedal for
various reasons. This tends to cause particularly sharp shifts, as I
think the transmission is getting confused by my letting off the gas
right as it shifts. Assuming the vehicle starts out in first gear, then
shifts to second, then to third, and so on, the shift from second to
third is usually sharper while first-to-second and third-to-fourth is
quite smooth. Again, this isn't consistent, and the car usually shifts
smoothly between all gears with no problem. Also note that I spent the
last two years driving a CVT-transmission-equipped Honda, so I didn't
even have to deal with any shifting, so I might just be more sensitive
I had a mechanic examine and test-drive the vehicle before I purchased
it, and they gave it a clean bill of health, so I'm not terribly
worried. Still, as I'm not fully certain of what "normal" is on the car,
and since it has 198k miles, I'd like to confirm that everything's
working normally and that there's no problems.
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