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Old 12-19-2002, 03:19 AM
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210 transmission failures?

Lately, I been hearing about the 210 e class having transmission failures. Did this affect a specific year or was it pretty consistant through out the entire line? Also was this the cause of owners failing to change the fluid alot sooner then the manufacturer suggests?
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Old 12-19-2002, 07:31 AM
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210 Transmission Failure

I bought my sister's 98 E320 wagon right after the transmission was replaced. The transmission failed after 75,000 miles (90% highway) and the car was about 3 years old. The transmission fluid had been changed at around 60,000 because the fluid was so dark and gunky. Mercedes would not admit a problem, but split the $6800 replacement bill 50/50. She was so disgusted, she wanted to get rid of it. I bought it and now have 92,000 miles on it with no apparent problem with the replacement. I am planning on changing the fluid at 30,000 mile intervals to try to head off any future replacement.
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Old 12-19-2002, 08:11 AM
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.6's will take a dump on occasion. Most drivers I've ridden with that exerienced early failure were not stopping the car with the brakes when backing out of a parking space. Big no-no with a .6. Stop the car fully, then change directions. Service them every 60k with the MB fluid and there is no reason it shouldn't last.

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