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Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Internal Component Failure May Cause Rough Shifting

Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Problem
18 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 58,364 mi (20,000 mi - 98,000 mi)


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.

  • I have a harsh 3-2 shift in comfort mode and a harsh 1-2 in sport mode. The dealer say I need new cirleps and disc springs to return to normal. $600 for parts, $3000 for labor! Taking it to an indy shop today.

    06 mercedes e500

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    down shift problem

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  • Visitor, , 69,011 mi

    My 2008 E350 4Matic has also developed the rough shifting problem. This car has only 69k miles. I wonder if Mercedes has any recalls on this issue?

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    same problem as report 3, and dealer says need replace transfer case, but after replaced transfer case, now I I got hight meter on 1-2 shift but after 3-4-5 back normal.

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    have trouble shifting between gears. rpms jump up to high between gears

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  • Visitor, , 42,000 mi

    same problem

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  • Visitor, , 40,000 mi

    I have the same shifting problems as described and like other people they told me there is nothing wrong. My warranty will be up in a month so I will get stuck if it takes a complete dump.

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    I have had the same shifting problems especially when cold. Dealer keeps saying there is nothng wrong. Still under warranty but htat soon will be over.

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  • Visitor, , 30,000 mi

    1. Cruising at 60 mph, if you punch accelerator to pass, the engine winds with rpm's going up but no downshift-almost feels like it is in neutral for about 1-2 seconds. Must remove foot from pedal to coast and then reapply to re-engage transmission in lower gear.
    2. Experiencing hesitation when coming to a rolling stop---start.
    Dealer said that they updated software to fix problem. Will monitor.

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