I sure am sorry that your evaporator went out so soon, but I honestly believe that evaporator failures are much more rare on the later W124's, so i'll just agree to disagree with you
On the five speed transmission - are you talking about a manual or an automatic?
In the U.S., the 5 speed automatic transmission wasn't released until 1997 in the W210 chassis, and that is the one with the problems in the early models.
2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".