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Old 08-21-1999, 07:52 PM
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Hello,
I bought this car in August of 1997, and it had 95000 miles on it. It ran very well for about a year. I then had the transmission serviced by a local mechanic since I live way out in the country. The next day, after the driving the car for about 100 miles, I parked it, went shopping, and upon my return noticed a huge trasmission fluid spill underneath the car. I had it AAA'd back home, and the mechanic reserviced the transmission, this time tightening everything properly.
About a month or so later, I noticed when the car had been running about 100 miles or so, the engine started racing and the RPM needle showed the revolutions to be at 25-30000 in the second gear. I can make it drop down by shifting into neutral, slowing the car down, and then putting it back into drive. I know it can't be good for the transmission to do that, but I don't know how else to deal with it.
The local mechanic told me it probably needed a new transmission, but someone else said that it might just need to be serviced once more, replacing filter and gaskets. Could it be anything else? Please help. Thanks.
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Old 08-22-1999, 12:32 AM
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I think for once your mechanic mght be right. I would call MB and price a reman transmission. If I remember correctly, they're not terribly expensive. Also, I would recommend not having this guy service the car anymore.

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With Mercedes Benz transmissions make sure that the fluid level is correct, too much fluid can be a problem just like not enough fluid. With the car running (cold) the fluid level should be 10mm below bottom mark. On a hot trans(driven at least 10 mi) the level should be between the marks. Never allow the fluid to get above the top mark.

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IF you do get a new transmission, I would rec. the dealer for the job. I have seen many other shops try to rebuild a Mercedes trans and charge more than a factory reman unit with a warranty.

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Old 09-03-1999, 12:44 AM
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Hi i own a 83 500 Sel
My opinion Get RID of the CAR!
its the worst mercedes i have ever driven
and the 1 with the most problems
i recently had to replace the trans. for the 2nd time on my car.
My recomendation if u like 80's benzes get a desil they last 4 ever!

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