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2006 Mercedes-Benz R350 Question: I have been told the transmission needs replaced. what is a realistic cost?

 

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nothappyMBowner, San Diego, CA, September 10, 2011, 13:06
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The transmission disengaged while driving. It seems to go into gear but the car does not move. No odd sounds before this failure. I called the dealer and they estimated $2K-$5K over the phone. I towed it to a local recommended shop and they told me $8-$10K to replace the tranny. WTF!!!
Does anyone have a similar experience and what was the resolution. I find it hard to believe that such a high end car would have a tranny failure with only 60,000 miles! seriously, MB should be ashamed if this is the case!

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    September 10, 2011, 15:16
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    Or if it has had no required maintenance since new then the owner should be ashamed. If the engine overheated and burned the trans fluid then could have accelerated the failure time. If cooler is plugged or blocked with filth it will hurt the trans. Without knowing what is wrong causing the problem you describe then you just have to pick a shop you trust and go with it. Maybe a friend can recommend a shop. The shop you towed to-did they say what was wrong with it. The dealer guess was without looking at it. Till you know what is causing the problem then the fickle finger of blame needs to be put away.

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    September 10, 2011, 17:41
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    8 to 10 is a new unit from Benz and is a realistic price. you have a high end car and the prices are high end too.
    having it rebuilt would be cheaper but has to be an open estimate as you never know the real story till it is out and apart. I think 5k is more realistic.

    Roy

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