Is there a history of troubles with the 300E
5spd/diff. Any experiences/recommended shops
in the pac. north west?My dad's 88 300E 5spd has problems. I noticed a metallic sound only at idle similar to what a loose timing chain might sound. A qualified german tranmission expert localized it to the 5 spd. The noise has since changed to a grating bearing sound coming from within the alum. trans housing which goes away when clutch is depressed. A broken reverse bracket was replaced @80k km..current mi. is 145k km. I have been advised that this trans. requires a special skill in setting clearances due to roller bearings. The car has been fully maintained. Also diff is damp with oil but not dripping on floor. Is this a sign of future seals?