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Mercedes-Benz E320 Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise

Mercedes-Benz E320 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 127,000 mi (55,000 mi - 319,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 319,000 mi

    I have a nice strong 1994 E320 with 319000 on the clock & for some time have been hearing this noise mostly when shifting gears i'd like to know an honest mechanic who would not try ripping me with a huge bill.Someone indicated he was charged $4.80 for a similar problem.what is the name of your mechanic pls.J O

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  • Visitor, , 55,000 mi

    Had same symtoms. My mechanic replaced the bushings. Charged only for the shift linkage bushings , $4.80, since he was working on the idler pully anyway. Dealer estimate was $142.00.

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  •  Enthusiast

    It happened to my car at 60000 miles. I had extended warranty.

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  •  Rookie

    slight Clanging noise when changing gears.

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