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Old 10-31-2002, 03:15 PM
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'97 E420 with 90,000 miles. To change tranny fluid or not.

Never been replaced. Should I get it flushed or leave it alone? Tranny is fine. Plan to keep car one more year.
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Old 10-31-2002, 04:04 PM
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If you're definitely going to sell the car, you might not change the fluid. If you plan on keeping it, or there is a chance you will, then change it.

"Fill for life" translates to "fill for the life of a lease..."
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Old 10-31-2002, 10:19 PM
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I recently changed my 98 E320 with 80Kmiles trans fluid & filter. The fluid was filthy and there was a thin layer of sludge on the bottom of the transmission pan.

In my opinion it would be cheap insurance to change the trans fluid & filter. Make sure you use the MB approved synthetic trans fluid.
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Old 10-31-2002, 10:59 PM
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Read M.B.Doc's comments on changing the fluid on the transmissions on the SL500's, which also don't require fluid replacement by the factory:

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tech-help/49296-sl500-need-advice-post286069.html#post286069
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