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Can anyone tell me what the happy cruising RPMs is for a 2002 C230 (coupe). I can't find this info in the manual. I guess I need the dummy shift indicator light . I know some of the Japanese cars liked to be revved high, but was not sure about this one - don't want to be too hard on the transmission. Thanks
 

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Well, it really depends on your driving style. If you're concerned about MPG, shift between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm. If you want more power, obviously hold it in gear longer. I don't think there is any magic zone. As long as you're not in the red, you shouldn't be hurting your car.

My guess would be keep it as high a gear as possible, w/o being jerky or sluggish, and that is the easiest workload on your engine. You can always downshift if the need arises.

Just MHO.
 

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Well it depends on your wallet (to pay the broken parts), ability(to avoid children and elderly people) and the number of points left on your driving license 8)

But 4000-5000 looks good (for me).
 
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