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Q: I have been told the transmission needs replaced. what is a realistic cost? on 2006 Mercedes-Benz R350

The transmission disengaged while driving. It seems to go into gear but the car does not move. No odd sounds before this failure. I called the dealer and they estimated $2K-$5K over the phone. I towed it to a local recommended shop and they told me $8-$10K to replace the tranny. WTF!!!
Does anyone have a similar experience and what was the resolution. I find it hard to believe that such a high end car would have a tranny failure with only 60,000 miles! seriously, MB should be ashamed if this is the case!
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Same thing happened to my 3 yr old R350. Was under warranty, had all scheduled services.. And tranny quit on my way home from picking up kids at school. Told I needed new transmission. MB finally paid for it after complete investigation. They even sent a corp rep to the dealer to look at engine and confirm there were not a lot of shavings inside tranny from abuse on my part. The thing just crapped one day. The car has been nothing but trouble. A lot of problems from a lift gate that stopped lifting in yr 2 (dealer kept saying they couldn't find anything wrong) to the rear lift suspension air bags dying to the car occasionally and without warning not starting (SA even called mercedes directly to help solve this issue but no one could. Was told they don't know why it happens and said I could come get car) to all the other problems in between. The only saving grace was MB ended up paying for the $7500.00 transmission (but it was a fight to get them to) I have never heard of a 3 yr old car just dropping a transmission. Will never buy another MB.
It is the WORST car I've ever owned....will NEVER buy another MB. I've had every problem you mentioned plus more!
8 to 10 is a new unit from Benz and is a realistic price. you have a high end car and the prices are high end too.
having it rebuilt would be cheaper but has to be an open estimate as you never know the real story till it is out and apart. I think 5k is more realistic.

Or if it has had no required maintenance since new then the owner should be ashamed. If the engine overheated and burned the trans fluid then could have accelerated the failure time. If cooler is plugged or blocked with filth it will hurt the trans. Without knowing what is wrong causing the problem you describe then you just have to pick a shop you trust and go with it. Maybe a friend can recommend a shop. The shop you towed to-did they say what was wrong with it. The dealer guess was without looking at it. Till you know what is causing the problem then the fickle finger of blame needs to be put away.
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