Vehicles equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission may develop a rough shifting condition, most commonly going up from first to second gear and going down from third to second or second to first gear. Our technicians tell us this is due to an internal component failure. Mercedes has released updated parts; the transmission will need to be removed and disassembled to complete the necessary repairs.
Car Problem Reports
Mercedes-Benz GL450 Internal Component Failure May Cause Rough Shifting
Mercedes-Benz GL450 Problem
Average Mileage: 64,518 mi (5,700 mi - 125,000 mi)
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 108,000 mi
After long drives on the freeway, the car will accelerate slowly. It seems like there is a bit of hesitation between shifts. After driving a bit it will solve itself, but the problem is becoming less sporadic and more common. It is an automatic transmission.
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 62,000 mi
They just get a clog or choke in the gear shift up or down
After I started my Mercedes GL450 and changed gear to drive, noticed roughness in driving. Pulled over and put the car in park and back into drive. This time it would not move. It seems it got stuck in nuetral mode with no indication what so ever on the dash board or anywhere.Had it towed to the dealer, they informed me that the automatic transmission pump is bad and they saw metal shaving in the transmission pan. The fix is to replace the transmission. They could not find the cause. They did aknowledge that there is an internal component failure. I called MercedesB USA, they informed me that they had no recall on transmission issues.
How can I follow up on what you had stated that Mercedes released updated parts; the transmission will need to be removed and disassembled to complete the necessary repairs.
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 46,000 mi
My 2007 GL 450 is having shifting problems, It either is stuck in gear or will not move, causing to restart the car to clear the problem. I had to take the car in to get a new sensor plate 1300.00 repair bill.
Visitor, 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL450
I recently purchase used 2010 GL450. I notice the hesitataion in shifting mostly when after the vehicle has warmed up. It was sporadic, but I have noticed that it is lasting longer and longer and happening more often.
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 51,000 mi
Transmission needs to be replaced (advised by dealer)
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 5,700 mi
Issue does not occur consistently. It mainly occurs during city driving when breaking from 45 Miles per hour or so to avoid a ditch in LA roads. When it has to downshift from higher gear into lower gear, ending up in 1st or 2nd gear.
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 60,000 mi
odd shifting in low gears at low speeds, only noticed when going up or down hills.
have not taken the vehicle in to be checked out.
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 125,000 mi
The transmission has been slipping since it was new, rolling back on hills like it was a manual. I have reported it since day one and they couldn't find anything wrong. It had a technical service bulletin on an electrical component outside the transmission performed in 2007 but nothing else. It now shutters, they say I need a new transmission and of course its long out of warranty. I've called mbusa and they don't want to hear about it because its out of warranty.
Visitor, 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, 73,000 mi
rough on down shift when the cqr come to a complete stop.