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Old 04-13-2003, 01:45 PM
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210 tranny change

I bought my '97 E300D about 2 months ago. Have changed out the oil with Delvex1, changed the engine and cabin filters. The brakes and fluid appear new, and the coolant also looks clean and new. I checked the tranny fluid which was nice and yellow, clear and at proper level.. No hx or evidence that it was ever serviced, (car has 67k on it). I have a local mercedes mechanic who says, if it appears clean , and shifts properly, then don't service it yet. I know mercedes says it is good for 100k , but they have it listed as a service in their manual at 60k. What would you suggest?
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Old 04-13-2003, 01:56 PM
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MB suggests it is lifetime fill and from your info that obviously means 100k. If throwing a new trans in at the end of its 100k life suits you; then treat it that way.

If on the other hand, you don't consider it disposable, I would suggest you service it as you would other precious machinery.
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Old 04-13-2003, 02:43 PM
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Yellow transmission fluid??
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Old 04-13-2003, 07:22 PM
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If on the other hand, you don't consider it disposable, I would suggest you service it as you would other precious machinery.
I agree.

My local Zone Service Rep suggests that you change the tranny fluid and filter every 90-100,000 kilometers, which is 55-60K-miles. The fluid a synthetic MB fluid, and you should NOT use anything but. Also, you must set the fluid level when the fluid temp is 80C. Your dealer has a scan device for doing this.

I am surprised you were able to check the fluid level. The 722.6 tranny does not have a dipstick. Did you purchase one?
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Old 04-13-2003, 08:23 PM
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The fluid was checked by a mercedes mechanic with the $28? special dip stick. It is indeed yellow synthetic. I usually do the tranny service myself (had 190 td), but will probably want to let one of the local qualified mechanics do it if it is affordable. Is that an oxymoron? Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 04-13-2003, 11:28 PM
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My dealer charged me $250 to do the 722.6 tranny service. That included $160 for the fluid and about $40 for the other bits. The labour was something like 0.6 hours. I thought it worth it. Two things I farm out to the dealer are the tranny service and coolant change. The coolant change is flat rated at $30 plus parts.
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Old 04-14-2003, 08:45 AM
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The earlier .6 fluid has too little dye according to MB. So its yellow in appearance. Checking the fluid via SDS is the "correct" method but, very few people do this, the service stick is fine. Servicing these is easier than a .3 or .4 as the filter is a pop in and the pan has alloy blocks to prevent overtightening. Just like the earlier units it too has a converter drain.

We recomend 60k service intervals on these. (thats miles BTW)



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