Date registered: May 2008
Vehicle: 1987 300SDL
Location: Bucks County, PA
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OK, over a month later I have the car. Here's what happened:
Brought it to the mechanic, they put a new transmission pump and seal on and gave it a flush and fill with a new filter and gasket. Called me, asked me if it slipped before and I said no and they said they should have checked the clutch and didn't, and asked to keep it longer. I said OK, and they rebuilt the clutch (nice guys, they didn't charge me on that because they felt they should have checked it before putting the transmission back in).
I got the car back 3 weeks from when I brought it in, and it still felt pretty similar. I was getting slammed around as the gears would shift and could hear a whine (albeit not as loud) still. I figured it needed to break itself in, and kept driving. Wrong. I got somewhere, couldn't shift past neutral, so put it in neutral with the E-brake, and upon leaving it would not shift out of first, so I drove 40 miles home going 25-30.
Brought it back last week, they sent it to another shop who couldn't find a rebuilt valve body so they cleaned it very well and I got it back today.
It now will shift from 1st-2nd at 3500-4500 RPM, and 2nd-3rd very quickly, almost skipping 2nd, and then it's normal. But, it's smooth now, I don't get slammed around. However, it still won't shift into park unless I put it in neutral, turn the engine off, then shift it into park.
I'll be taking it back, but what else should I be asking for? A B2 piston? I asked them and they told me it looked fine - the replacement isn't metal, is it? They told me it was metal and looked to be OK and it had looked like it was opened before.
Something tells me the car shouldn't need to go 3500-4500 RPM to shift from 1st to 2nd. If I'm wrong though I'm wrong.