Shifter Lever Bushings May Break Causing Loose Feel/Noise on Mercedes-Benz E320

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: 133,680 (55,000–319,000)
9 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
18 people reported this problem
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I have a nice strong 1994 E320 with 319000 on the clock & for some time have been hearing this noise mostly when shifting gears i'd like to know an honest mechanic who would not try ripping me with a huge bill.Someone indicated he was charged $4.80 for a similar problem.what is the name of your mechanic pls.J O
Had same symtoms. My mechanic replaced the bushings. Charged only for the shift linkage bushings , $4.80, since he was working on the idler pully anyway. Dealer estimate was $142.00.