Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise on Mercedes-Benz 500SL

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: 166,000 (166,000–166,000)
4 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
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1991 Mercedes-Benz 500SL 166,000 mi,
Had same problem. changed bushing, all is fine.