My wife drive C180 1999 Dec. model.
Someday ago, we put the car to MB service center receiving answer that the
whole transmission shall be changed. (electric. control unit & mechanism all
Is it quite open for MB C180 model? or did we encountered abnormal case?
It will cost Euro 3,500- it is not a small money for us.
After repair, we will sell it out and will never buy C class again.
What is your current mileage on it? Seem kinda young to die... What sort of
problem are you getting? It can be simple work. Dealer always want to do the
swapping instead of repairing... it is easier on them and harder on your
The mileage stand is 82,800 Km.
Once, about two months ago, suddenly the car only wish to drive in first (i
think) gear range in drive position.
At that time, it was solved by re-setting the electronic unit, by MB
Again, happened, but now the gear changing shock is very strong. - When we
change from N to R, R to N, N to D, D to N,,,
Also, during D position, transmission step always remains in first gear.
In the dash panel, it displays at D position.
The engineer says, if i change only the electronic control unit, they expect
Because the mechanism of transmission itself are damaged.
Here is Germany. The costs are extremely high with less guarantee.
That doesn't really seem to make sense to me... If resetting the
electronics "fixed" it for a while? How long did it work OK, after the
I think I would talk to a different tranny guy. Sound to me like he
just wants to replace everything, so as to avoid doing a proper
Thanks for interest.
I can feel comparing from the first happening, about two months ago, now the
gear shifting shock is much greater and greater.
When I change gear, for example from Neutral to Drive (or Reverse), if I can
not press the break then the car will immediately move.
It is,,, I think the hyd. oil flows very rapidly and changes the gear
without taking stabilizing movement.
I do not know what they did, when it happened at first time.
They set it in a short second. - did not inspected the gear.
but the symptom disappeared.
Now as the gear change shock is greater and greater, they said they can not
repair only the electric control unit.
They said they had replaced the elec. unit to other one they had, but still
they received malfunction signals generating from the gear mechanism. That's
why they says to me to repair whole. Not only the elec. unit.
I asked and answered.
When I change the elec. unit only, the car may repaired. But, they cannot
able to say when the damage will happen again.
(Because, they believe the transmission itself has damages)
Perhaps, in one week, one month or six months, the car elec. unit will
damaged again under continuous malfunction signals from transmission, they
First of all... sorry for not getting back to you earlier... I was busy. It
definitely is not tranny overhaul... it is too young for that.
Have you had your transmission fluid and filter changed lately? This is the
first thing I would do because as tranny fluid age, it gets rougher at
As for your tranny stuck on 1st gear... that is fail safe mode... meaning
your engine have some trouble that engaged your limp home mode. What trouble
code did you get when that happen? Did you correct it?
The worse case scanario is simply rebuild your valve body... changing out
the selenoids and valves that controls the shifting. I DO NOT believe it is
the electronic brain is at fault at all.
Thanks for answer.
We bought the car from March this year, never changed the transmission
related things. (oil, filter,,,)
The car did not display any kind of error message to dashboard. - this is
; But I heard from the MB engineer that they receive error signals on
tranny control kit.
; I will ask more details to them. - next week.
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