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Old 01-29-2003, 08:34 AM
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Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Tucker, Ga USA
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On of the biggest problems with the 1997 & later cars is the AUTO transmission that MB says no service needed!
The failure rate on the 1996(V-8's & v12's) thru 1999 is at 5% or higher. There were internal mods to the planetary & clutch drums that fixed most of the problems in1999, except on the low torque transmissions.

YOU can search this database & see that this can be a costly problem. The fluid needs to be changed at OR before 50K miles & a (special) magnet should be added to the trans oil pan & keep metal from floating around in the fluid.
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