Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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Bay Area AT service recommendation
After spending a good amount of time exploring, I finally decided on B&B*Transmissions in Daly City (they have other locations, too). Using MB fluid, they changed both fluid and filter, and since my AT doesn't have an drain*plug on the converter they flushed clean fluid through as well. (Typically they will drain the fluid and swap the filter and only do a flush if the fluid looks really, really bad; in my case I had told them I wanted the flush no matter what so I knew the total cost in advance.) They used MB fluid and certainly seemed to know what they were doing and knew what they were talking about. I feel as though I should have done it sooner (69,000 miles) because they said the fluid looked really dirty (and because of the results noted below). No metal shavings or anything unusual in the pan.
The results? It shifts so much smoother, I still have trouble believing it made that much of a difference (another confirmation I should have done it sooner). (I think it's much like your shocks, which wear so slowly you don't notice the degredation in ride until you swap them, then you're stunned.)
Mine is a 2001 E320, but I would recommend B&B to anyone with an MBZ automatic which is why this is in the general forum. The bill was $200, which was less than anyone else who offered both the filter change and a flush. If you have a pre-2000, you'll have a drai* plug in the converter, so it would be less since they don't have to waste excess fluid in the flush.
Since I believe in word-of-mouth recommendations for good places, here's the contact info for those of you in this area:
7073 Mission Street
Daly City, CA 94014
They're about a 15 minute walk from the Colma Bart Station. Ask for Ken, he's very knowledgeable and will answer your questions.
Take care and enjoy the ride,