Wife asked me to get her car washed. I got in it, started it, put it in
Reverse, backed into the street, put it in Drive and hit the accelerator.
Guess what? NO UPSHIFT!
In fact it hit the rev limiter a couple of times before I lifted my foot and
let it gear down to a near halt. Hmmm. I was at the corner, so I decided
to see what would happen if it warmed up. I eased out into traffic, went a
half mile at partial throttle and although it didn't upshift when it should
have, it finally did take 2nd gear before I got to where I had to make a
left turn to descend a half-mile hill. On the way down the hill I pulled
the shift lever back into 3rd and let compression slow my descent. Finally
the road flattened out a little and I put it back in D. Came to a corner.
Waited for the traffic to go by before making my right hand turn. Stomped
on it, and it hung in High gear from 0 to about 50. So it didn't down shift
out of high when I rolled to a stop at the corner!
Won't upshift. Won't downshift. What a crock!
Anybody else have one of these?
PS - I rarely drive this thing but I bought it new in '98 and have had
shifting problems with it since the second or third year. Caliber Motors
always tells me it's normal. It's a "driver-adaptive" transmission or some
such bull. I can't believe M-B actually engineered this piece of baloney to
perform like this on purpose. When I got done at the car wash it shifted OK
on the way home.