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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-24-2005, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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1992 300SE Transmission Problem


I just bought a 1992 300SE with only 109K mileage and drove it 1400 miles to get it home. It looks and felt great with no problems noted, except that it was slow going into reverse.

Now, a day later, reverse is not working at all. It appears to be trying, but upon accelerating, it appears that reverse is just not catching.

Does this mean the worst? Is the transmission gone? Is there an inexpensive fix?

Thanks in advance for your help,


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RE: 1992 300SE Transmission Problem

I had a similar experience w/ my buy. 95 s320. Anyways, check under W140 S Class forum. There are bunch of people who've had similar problems. My thred "jerky in reverse.........".

I don't know enough to say if this means the worse.

Was the reverse gear working fine before your drive home? There is no way the reverse goes out that quickly. Check the tans. oil for level and discoloration (dark gray/brown). Put a drop on your fingure tip and feel to see if there is fine grains gear metal. If so, see a trused mechanic.

I'd be interesed in knowing what the outcome is. please post your reply to this thred, if you find one.
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RE: 1992 300SE Transmission Problem

I have a 1992 300 SE that I just bought from an unscrupulous E-Bayer only to find that the the reverse is nearly shot.

I brought it to a Mercedes dealer for a check-up, who advised that the radiator was corroded, and oil from the radiator was leaking into my transmission coolant. This caused the reverse clutch packs to deteriorate and will ultimatly deteriorate all the clutch paks.

They recommended that I install a new radiator, new coolant hoses, a rebuilt transmission and a torque convertor. All this for the tidy sum of about $6,000.

I'm currently thinking of buying all the parts from the Adsit Company and having a knowledgeable Mercedes mechanic install them for a fraction of that estimate.

Any other thoughts or precautions?

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