The intimidation is the worst part of the job. Even looking at the diagrams had me nervous. Once you get going it all makes sense. There are 2 possible locations for worn bushings, the shift rod and the shift lever or assembly. If you take out the shift assembly you get one end of the shift rod with it, much easier to do that way, and in another thread on the subject a poster even said it was worth the time to remove the assembly to do that one bushing. I would agree, but if you have the shifter out, might as well do those also. These cars are made to be maintained, not disposed of, and as such can be dismantled with greater ease than I ever anticipated. Read the threads, study the CD, and when you order the bushings from Phil have him email the shifter parts diagram to you. The picture is much worse than reality. Good luck!!
'02 C230 Kompressor
'89 560 SEL "Frau BlueCar" (retired April 2004)