Hi Dave (same name as my brother),
Thanks for the note. I must admit I threw out the statement about the Nissan with hopes someone might have something to suggest.
The whine seems to only happen when I put the car in gear (automatic) not sure why that would have impact (other than something electrical with the tranny??).
Of course the killer is, I just put a new alternator into the car last month. Instead of using the 87 nissan which is in the driveway collecting dust (and rust), I used my current daily driver (untill 300E is fixed).
I was thinking of running my foot over next.