Thanks for quick response ... reconfirmed cost ... $445 at dealer. I usually just smile and say no thanks, but this time I did a bit of pleasant reaming at the counter. This is nonsense ...
OK, back to reality of what to do ... I have several sources of used transmission assemblies ... problem is that I assume they could also fail at any time - I wouldn't mind paying $50 for a used assembly if I had some idea they would last for a few years ... can the sockets be lubricated sufficiently to improve the chances of a used one?
On your epoxy fix, what kind did you use ... thin flow or paste? I would rather spend $10 on epoxy and get a 3-5 year fix vice replacing ... did you eventually get a used assembly? How long did your epoxy fix work?
1991 350 SDL (200K and she ain't bent, yet)
former 2002 E320 4Matic Wagon - good car
former 1985 300 CD - great car
former 1981 300 TD - good car
former 1972 280 SEL - not so good car
a couple of those diesel Rabbits ...40-45 mpg