Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise on Mercedes-Benz E420

The bushings for the shifter lever wear out to the point where they break and fall out. This causes excessive movement (loose feel) in the shifter lever and a clanging-type noise when changing gears.

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Average mileage: 133,000 (133,000–133,000)
3 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1997
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Bushings worn. How to replace?