Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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Neutral safety switches aren't too tough to replace, assuming you have access to a jack and some tools. I replaced the one in my 108 pretty quickly, but I had access to the side of the tranny.
I've often seen mechanics blanch from a job on a Mercedes because of how "rare" or "different" they are, etc etc. In one case, I wanted to replace the rear inner bearings but didn't have the tools (or confidence) to do it myself. When I downloaded a how-to article from this site and took it to them, their reply was "oh, it's just like a Ford." If you find a local mechanic to do stuff for you, arm yourself (or him) with as much tech data as you can.
Contrary to popular belief, Mercedes' engineering was not light years ahead of the competition, and aside from different tolerances or dimensions, what was normal for the age was shared amongst many manufacturers.