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Date registered: Feb 2007
Vehicle: 2000 E430
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Need Help re: Transmission Probs (2000 E430)
I have a 2000 E430 with about 105,000 miles. I've had it about four years and it's been a great car with no problems.
Last week I was driving home from work and the transmission stopped working. At first, the car wouldn't shift out of 2nd gear, so I pulled over, but then when I tried to get going again, it was as if the car was in neutral. I called a tow truck and waited around. After 10 minutes, I decided to see what the car would do now. I started it up and to my surprise it drove perfectly fine. I started driving home but after about 10 minutes the transmission started slipping, so I drove it directly to my local shop.
My local shop, which I believe is very trustworthy, says that I have had a total transmission failure. They recommend a new transmission from MB at a total cost of $5,000. Alternatively, I could get a used transmission installed for a total of $2,600. To replace the fluid and see what happens, they want $400, and they say that it is unlikely to do anything.
Has anyone dealt with this? Any thoughts or suggestions? The car is in great shape but was only worth $8,000-$9,000 before all of this, so it's hard to bring myself to put $5,000 into it. Thanks in advance.