Cracked Driveshaft Flex Discs May Cause Driveshaft Movement/Vibration on Mercedes-Benz E320

A vibration felt through the center floor of the vehicle can be caused by cracked and/or shredded driveshaft flex discs, resulting in excessive driveshaft movement. If not repaired, damage to the driveshaft center support bearing, transmission, or differential can occur.

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Average mileage: 144,000 (92,000–260,000)
Drive Train affected: Automatic Transmission
14 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
21 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
1994 Mercedes-Benz E320- Automatic Transmission124,000
Going at 45 MPH speed all of a sudden there were loud noises, the car started shaking and rhe engine power was lost. It sounded like something had broken, the sound was extremely loud and was banging mixed with grinding. Immediately gear shifter was loose and not staying in gear and car key won't come out.
same as described. vibration rear center. around 37 mph feels like running over washboard or rumble strips
Vibration transmitted through the vehicle floor just behind the front seats. Had tires checked and balanced. Confirmed that all exhaust hangers were solid and connected.
Vibration detected at fast start.
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