Mercedes-Benz 500E Problem Report
Mercedes-Benz 500E Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise
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.
A knocking noise from the front end can be caused by cracked strut tower bushings.