Mercedes-Benz vehicles with manual transmission

By Product Expert | Posted in Performance on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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Does Mercedes-Benz have any models with a manual transmission?

Back in the day, the manual transmission was the way to go. Drivers had to manually switch gears as they approached certain speeds, which of course meant they’d need to pay more attention on the road than many drivers do today. With the arrival of the automatic transmission on production cars in the early 1940s, one might think that manual transmissions would see the beginning of the end. That’s not exactly the case, though. Some automakers choose to have them while others have gotten rid of them completely. So does Mercedes-Benz have any models with a manual transmission? Find out below!

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If you’re one of the manual transmission fanatics out there, you’ll have to look outside of Mercedes-Benz to get one. The last Mercedes-Benz model with a manual transmission in the United States was the 2015 SLK 250 (now named SLC), which was available on the base model. Mercedes-Benz chose to opt out of these due to their relatively low demand amongst luxury car shoppers. Today, manual transmissions are typically linked to base trim levels for the more conventional automakers who still choose to use them.2020 AMG CLA 45 Coupe front interior

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However, if you’re a driver who likes more control behind the wheel, not all is lost. Many Mercedes-Benz models come with shift paddles, which allow you to control all gear changes with your hands still on the steering wheel. You can even vary the different shift points and get a highly-personalized driving experience by using the DYNAMIC SELECT® driving mode selector system. This allows you to stay engaged when you want to be while also allowing you to switch back to automatic whenever you choose to.

Efficiency is the name of the game with Mercedes-Benz, which is why it made sense to switch to the current transmission options they have available. Contact us here at Mercedes-Benz of Gilbert today to learn more!

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8 Responses to “Mercedes-Benz vehicles with manual transmission”

  1. Julio Noria says:

    I’m a happy owner of one of the few 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SL built with 5-speed manual transmission, it came with a M103 (6L 12V) engine, the manual transmission adds so much fun in driving experience.

  2. Ryan says:

    I LOVE my 2003 C230 Kompressor Sport Coupe with a 6 speed manual transmission! honestly I would not have bought it otherwise because It would be no where near as fun to drive. From what I have read the automatic version of the same model, while rating the same amount of horse power, loses close to 20hp by the time the rubber meets the road. Also manual transmissions used to knock off $3k-4K off the price of a new car and rarely ever break and costing thousands to fix like manuals always do eventually. Although as I get older I have come to appreciate an automatic in heavy traffic.

  3. John Manley says:

    I guess I’ll will just have to buy a BMW. Mercedes just isn’t a real drivers car anymore

  4. Nick Diamond says:

    Any chance your 300SL may be up for purchase?

  5. Nick Diamond says:

    Any chance your 300SL may be up for purchase??

  6. Richard says:

    Been told by a Mercedes employee that I don’t want to buy a Mercedes manual car as they just don’t mix , I was considering the C Class saloon C180. Any comments or advise please

  7. kola says:

    Your CommentAnytime any day manual transmission is a solid transmission,hardly break down please best or nothing creator,please continue manual transmission of Mercedes for GOD sake

  8. Mel ko says:

    Just bought a 1990 300SL 5 speed in Canada In 1990 there were 130 sold in the USA trying to find out how many sold in Canada prices are going up

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