Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise on Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

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: 165,500 (154,000–177,000)
2 model years affected: 1990, 1991
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1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL 154,000 mi,
Shifter loose
1991 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL 177,000 mi,
Same problem.