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Old 12-10-2008, 08:20 PM
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1997 E320 W210 shifter out of alignment

Sorry about the title guys, I really didn't know any better way to describe the problem that I am experiencing.....

I have a 1997 W210, E320 with 196,000 miles on it....Most recently, I have experienced minor problems with the transmission shifter/gear selector....

I assure you that (after reading many posts when I purchased this car 5 years ago) no liquid has spilled anywhere near the shifter.....I and my wife are very conscious of the ramifications....

I suspect that my wife may have, at some point, put the car in PARK without coming to a complete stop......I've seen her do this on her 1995 E320 and Her 1983 300SD.......Of course, I've told her not to do this, but.........

Anyway, the problem that I am experiencing with my 1997 E320, is that the shifter seems to have somewhat lost its synchronization when engaging either Drive or Reverse.....In some cases, it's almost as if that "detent" feeling that you get when engaging either gear is elusive.......I did notice, that if you move the gear selector slowly and gungerly, that it goes into gear coprrectly every time........My concern is that this will eventually get worse and I'll find myself stranded and unable to drive the vehicle....

If anyone knows what the possible cause could be, please enlighten me, I've done searches on this subject, but nothing I ran across actually addressed this particular scenario.....

AS always, any replies are greatly appreciated

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1999 E300 Turbo Diesl
2002 ML500
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MBs I've owned
1997 E320 Assassinated by Pine Tree
1987 300E Wife Killed Engine
1981 300D Stretch Limo Total Loss
1970 250 Coupe 212,000 mi.
1974 450sel 184,000 mi.
1974 240D 377,000 mi.
1977 300D 204, 000 mi.
1979 280se God Only Knows!
1983 240D 130,000 mi.
1972 220D 280,000 mi.
1983 300SD 244,000 mi.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:22 PM
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There is a mechanical linkage to the transmission for the PRND positions. It is probably out of adjustment.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:29 PM
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First suspect is the shift rod bushing is shot. Simple, cheapo. common wear part...

http://catalog.peachparts.com/ShopByVehicle.epc?q=&yearid=1997@@1997&makeid=MB@@MB@@X&modelid=E%2D320%2D002@@E+320+Sedan&catid=J@@Transmission&subcatid=J4070@@AT+Shift+Linkage+Bushing&applicationid=000454682&mode=PA
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Old 12-13-2008, 11:10 AM
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Thanks a lot guys! I'm on it!!!!

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Currently Driving
2006 E320 CDI
1999 E300 Turbo Diesl
2002 ML500
1995 E320 Station Wagon


MBs I've owned
1997 E320 Assassinated by Pine Tree
1987 300E Wife Killed Engine
1981 300D Stretch Limo Total Loss
1970 250 Coupe 212,000 mi.
1974 450sel 184,000 mi.
1974 240D 377,000 mi.
1977 300D 204, 000 mi.
1979 280se God Only Knows!
1983 240D 130,000 mi.
1972 220D 280,000 mi.
1983 300SD 244,000 mi.
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