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

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: 105,000 (90,000–120,000)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E430 90,000 mi,
shift lever feels loose