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Old 10-12-2001, 11:37 AM
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Need help on used transmission!

I am in the Gainesville Florida area and I need to know where to get a used automatic transmission for a 1985 190e 2.3. Mine died yesterday. Second gear is just fine but third gear is like driving with a clutch pushed in. (Yeah, I know my car doesn't have a clutch) I can push my RPMs up to the red-line and it will barely move. I checked the fluid level and that is fine. It has been shifting strangely for a few months but I thought that it had to do with my light accelerator foot. It has wanting to skip third gear. Occasionally I would pull the shifter down into third and it would be fine.

I really would like to support a local business but for $1800 I can get three used transmissions. (Not to mention I really don't have $1800)

I have tried the Benz-Bin and Fastlane... Does anyone know of any other places I can check?
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Old 10-12-2001, 05:35 PM
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Steve Brotherton is a moderator on this board and has a shop in Gainesville, which is the best shop I have ever seen as far as customer service, knowledge, and quality of work is concerned.

It is Continental Imports (

He is extremely friendly and knowledgable and would be more than happy to talk cars with you.
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Old 10-12-2001, 05:47 PM
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Call Steve Brotherton at Continental Imports - should be in the yellow pages. I have not seen him post lately but give him a call. I have been to his shop and met with him in person - first class individual.
Have him either rebuild it or he may have a used one laying around. He is honest and will treat you right. Whatever he tells you that you need to do is what you need to do.
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