Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise on Mercedes-Benz E430

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 105,000 (90,000–120,000)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
8 people reported this problem
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shift lever feels loose