Hi Larry, I was expecting your reply knowing your 300E.
My W124 started its journey in 1987 with a carburated M102 2.0 (luckily US market never got that engine although it was very reliable for 430000 km's) coupled to a 4 speed manual. Then I came up with this 180000 km old 260E engine, tranny, diff and other items such as sportline suspension, swaybars, exhaust, etc.. Entire swap took 5 days and the change was unbelievable. However, I was not really impressed with the new shifter mechanism (i put brand new). It's like the difference between the rack&pinion and the old recirculating ball; the accuracy and the feel of it. Yeah sure the good old steering box was reliable to hell but MB changed it for some reason. I'm feeling the same thing for the shifter. I'm not a fan of BMW, but after driving their stick, I know that I want that same shifter feeling in my car. It would be great if I could manufacture shorter levers.
2001 E200 Kompressor Avantgarde
1987 300E 5-speed
1975 280S (sold)
1973 230.6 (sold)