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2006 C230S - Transmission "Valve Body" cracked
*Was urged to post this in a "newer" forum, not sure if this is the right place, but here goes. Mods, please let me know if this is a problem)
Dad purchased a 2006 C230 Sport brand new, and since about 6-8 months ago we've been having an issue with the transmission. To sum up, the engine simply does not switch gears properly, and often stays "stuck" on 1st or 2nd gear when driving. The "check engine" light has also come on a few times. Figured that it was just in need of a transmission flush, so I brought it into service. After taking it into service, I was told that the issue is that the "valve body" in the transmission is cracked, as a result of hard upshifts or downshifts.
What stumps me is the following:
-The car has NEVER been driven hard at all, always on "D." We never used the "tiptronic" shifting capability.
-Car is now out of warranty, so we're being quoted $2K+ to fix this issue
-Car has been babied, and all the usual normal service has been done at the *gulp* dealership... no problems were noticed before.
What I wanted to see was if anyone else had a similar problem like this? Even the service guy told me that this is an extremely RARE issue, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's due to a defect...
Any helpful thoughts would be appreciated, especially if someone has had a similar issue.