I own a 1980 300CD with 268,000 miles on it. It's my daily commuter car. I
still love the car after rebuilding the engine myself at 208,000 miles. The
car runs great but only in the forward gears
I had my automatic transmission rebuilt by a shop at 257,000 miles. It was back
into the shop six times in the first 4,000 miles because reverse gear would go
out completely. The car was in the transmission shop a total of two months
while they tried to get it fixed during those six attempts. The shop told me
that I had a broken reverse servo piston pin the second time the car went back
into the shop. I was given no explaination as to why the transmission keeps
going out. Well, today reverse gear went away once again. I have a three
year/36,000 mile warranty on the transmission but this is beyond silly. I
probably could have rebuilt it myself and had better luck. Any suggestions?
I'd tell them to either fix it or I'd take the car to the M-B dealer and
sue them for the repair cost under their warranty. They've had (more
than) their chance to make it right.
I once owned a '79 280E when its reverse gear quit after about 35K
miles. About $350+ later (in the early '80s) some plastic part was to
They keep fixing it but the fix doesn't last. The last time they had the car
was in September '03. It first went into the transmission shop in April '03.
At this rate, I'll be having transmission repair done every four months for the
next two years at which point the warranty will run out.
Not sure if the Calif law covers you in an independent shop but..... for each
day [not counting the
1st day] your car is in a dealership for a warranty repair, that time is added
to the end of the 4
years your car is covered. So, theoretically, if this trans problem happened
during the time of the
new car warranty, you would add 2 months on to the 4 years [but then again, you
would have screamed
lemon long ago].
You might check into this and see if it applies to your independent
At least you have a nice right side mirror:)
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