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

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: 133,680 (55,000–319,000)
9 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
17 people reported this problem
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 168,000 mi,
My car shifter light wont come on,it wont change gears.
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
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.