The owner wasn't around when I looked at the car, only his wife, who didn't know much. I also am aware of the tranny being a dogleg shift pattern. It wouldn't shift into fourth or fifth either. But it would go into second and third fine. Is the transmission made by Getrag? Could the problem be in the shift linkage? Being a BMW nut, I know that BMW Getrag tranny shift linkages need to be replaced every 60k or so unless you like a lot of shift slop. I haven't seen any aftermarket replacement linkages fer Mercedes manual trannies. If the tranny is a Getrag and the problem is in the linkage, could a shift linkage meant for a BMW Close-Ratio Getrag dogleg tranny be modified to work in the 190?