Part that attaches distributor rotor to camshaft may break on Mercedes-Benz 300E

The part that attaches the distributor rotor to the camshaft can break; the starter will still crank, but the engine will not start.
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Average mileage: 106,000 (106,000–106,000)
4 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E 106,000 mi,
Under distributer gear stripped/broke -down. Needed $45. part from MB dealer - could have been worse.