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I am looking at a 2003 E500 in pristine condition, but just a little higher mileage. Looks like it has SBC (brake problem) and Airmatic suspension fixed so the major problems are out of the way. :thumbsup:

The question I have is that this particular year (and model) says it has the 5-speed transmision, while thinking that w211 has 7-speed tiptronic. I am trying to find out whether it has the same 722.6 transmission that has 236.10 AT fluid as in our beloved W210. I can't find the reference.

I don't believe they has done an ATF service but if it's 722.6, then I will not be afraid to tackle the job or getting the car.

Please inform. Thanks,
 

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I am looking at a 2003 E500 in pristine condition, but just a little higher mileage. Looks like it has SBC (brake problem) and Airmatic suspension fixed so the major problems are out of the way. :thumbsup:

The question I have is that this particular year (and model) says it has the 5-speed transmision, while thinking that w211 has 7-speed tiptronic. I am trying to find out whether it has the same 722.6 transmission that has 236.10 AT fluid as in our beloved W210. I can't find the reference.

I don't believe they has done an ATF service but if it's 722.6, then I will not be afraid to tackle the job or getting the car.

Please inform. Thanks,
It's the 5-speed.

The 7 speed wasn't until 06 IIRC, and I don't have time to go check. But the 2003 certainly had the 5-speed.

OT but I have to say it: be VERY careful if you DIY the brakes; failure to disable that Silly Braking Crapola has the potential for serious injury.

Good luck.
 

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I believe that if you check you will find that E500's 211.072 and 211.272 were equipped with 722.9 transmissions. What year was that-------

If you know the full six digit model number you can quickly determine the transmission type because some E500 had the 722.6 while others had the 722.9 as options
 

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It's the 5-speed.

The 7 speed wasn't until 06 IIRC, and I don't have time to go check. But the 2003 certainly had the 5-speed.

OT but I have to say it: be VERY careful if you DIY the brakes; failure to disable that Silly Braking Crapola has the potential for serious injury.

Good luck.
Thanks and same for the brake warning. It's true that reading about the SBC scares me a little - How they make something so simple too complicated and hence causing more trouble than its worth.

I, however, never like doing brake (too much work) - but the bigger question is that I wander if my regular mechanic can do it on the w211? Or will I have to bring it to the dealer?
 

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I believe that if you check you will find that E500's 211.072 and 211.272 were equipped with 722.9 transmissions. What year was that-------

If you know the full six digit model number you can quickly determine the transmission type because some E500 had the 722.6 while others had the 722.9 as options
I don't have the model number yet, but it's 2003, so most likely it is 722.6. I'll double check using its vin number, hopefully, it can be decoded.

Thanks,
JP
 
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