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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Mercedes-Benz E320 Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise
Mercedes-Benz E320 Problem
Average Mileage: 127,000 mi (55,000 mi - 319,000 mi)
Visitor, 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320, 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
Visitor, 2002 Mercedes-Benz E320, 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.
It happened to my car at 60000 miles. I had extended warranty.
slight Clanging noise when changing gears.