Always Remembered RIP
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: 1991 560SEC AMG
Location: Grass Valley, N. Calif. / Gardnerville, Nevada
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I'm no expert but i agree with the replies of the poster above ^^^on items here.
(And thank you for visiting and welcome here there are sharp people here)
For the transmission, RTFM. What does the owner's manual say is the time or mileage change interval for this? If it's lifetime sealed and no change, I'd be suspicious of that, no transmission will last FOREVER on the orig. fluid without getting debris and metal shavings in it over time.
So, first, find out from the manual or the service dept what kind of ATF the car needs. It might be different if it's a limited slip diff, but whatever fluid the Mercedes majual reommencds, stick with that.
And keep in mind, don't overfill, and there are two kinds of transmission drain and service, the simple drain and flush, and the one where ALL the fluid, in every corner of the torque converter is changed. Your tech or manjual will explain the difference bertween the two.
My opinion personally is that you are right in thinking that at 160,000 you could be past due.
The transmissions are very robust on Mercedes cars of the age of yours, but they can fail at 250,000 miles or sooner if not kept up.
You have a sharp looking car, and they are VERY VERY safe in a horrible collision, you can't see it by looking but I've seen unbelievable pictures of cars like yours that got rear or front ended, rolled and the passenger cages survived intact enabling the occupants to walk away from the car.
Mercedes quality has slipped badly from the mid 90s from what it was before, but their commitment to active and passive safety has never wavered.