Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise on Mercedes-Benz S500

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: 42,000 (42,000–42,000)
6 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999
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Also causes transmission to shift improperly.