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OMG, so my car is finally fixed. In total it's been over a year journey to get it to this point but, today it's driving perfect.

Cliff notes...

Got the car as a trade. First thing I did was replace the brakes and rotors (rotors eaten almost all the way through)

Car had a funny stumble that I youtubed about and had a thread on here about. MD dealer said the torque converter was going out. I had replaced the plugs, wires, and fuel filter, plus all the vac lines and changed all fluids and filters before going to the dealer to have it scanned.

Stumble got worse, and the car started to refuse to shift into OD. (5th) Sometimes it would not want to shift out of second, making you stop, turn off car and restart then if ) might work.

Tires where totally shot, so put a new set on, and on the way back from pep boys, smoke started to pour from the trans...

Sourced a used trans and had local shop install, only to find out it was full of metal... totally shot. was given a second replacement which was checked out, and had it installed. Then the car would not not shift out of second, and put itself into safety mode.

Car was lifted to another shop where they had a Snap on system that could read the car. Turns out the trans was from a newer 2004 and had the wrong gear ratio, the computer could not talk to it correctly. The car the trans had came from was crushed...

So, rebuilt the original transmission. Plus new Torque converter. Errors right off the bat. Whining noise (also have a youtube video of that) Car would fall out of gear, get stuck in gear etc. Took it to yet another shop thats a specialist and had them check it out... Diagnoses, replace the trans.... ARRRRGG!

So found a 98 that was recently totaled. Grabbed it's trans, computer and it's shifter. I got a job working for shop 2 and spent saturday removing the rebuilt trans and reinstalling the trans from the 98 myself. I used new MB fluid, put in a new filter and replaced the front plug with the plug from the 2004. (cause I had it there and it was not leaking.) Also used the new torque converter and, since I was there, I put a set of new engine mounts in.

Sunday, drove the car a couple hundred miles, No 5th. If you would put the car into park, it would stick on the starting gear unless you fiddled with the shifter Then it would shift fine until you went to park again. But, no 5th...

Today I cleared the 98's computer. Same problems. Then I reinstalled the original computer cleared, same problems. No codes, just the problems. Finally, I went ahead and put the shifter in from the 98. The car worked perfect after that! Been driving it, stopping going etc all day and the car runs like it's new. Shifts are perfect, it feels perfect and suddenly is a real joy to drive.

So after all this, it was partly due to the shifter this whole time! (spilled drink?)

Just wanted to share so others might have a heads up.

BTW... I now have a 99 trans and a 2004 trans sitting here. Going to go ahead and rebuild both of them and they will be waiting in case anyone else needs them.
 

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Car's still running great. on second tank of fuel with it now. Took off and cleaned the Plugged up EGR tube that was causing the p0400 issue. Now code free.

Now finally getting to enjoy the car thanks to the help and posts here that helped me finally figure out the issues.
 

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It's a great feeling, isn't it? Congrats and kudos, also, for staying after it.

Take care and enjoy the ride,
Greg
 

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Wow, I would have been ready to drive it off a cliff!
 

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Wow, I would have been ready to drive it off a cliff!
Believe me, I was ready to toss a lit match into it...

But glad I kept trying. I like wagons, and you don't see too many of them around.
 

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Wagon FINALLY FIXED!!!

What an ordeal.

Glad you were persistant. You have set an example for all of us.

I will never again drink another beverage in my wagon!
 

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What an ordeal.

Glad you were persistant. You have set an example for all of us.

I will never again drink another beverage in my wagon!
I have removed the drink holder from my car. I find that a drink sits down in the cubby the holder was in with a much less chance of it spilling. The factory drink holder is way to flimsy. Of course, the word I got was that the PO's 3 year old was the one that spilled an entire koolaid down the shifter (plus a couple other drinks) and had knocked over an full starbucks complete with whip cream... sigh. When I opened up the old shifter, I found a lot of change, one penny was actually bent in half from the shifter itself, and about a inch of "hard slim". Plus, the "protective" cover was missing. I had though it odd that MB had left this open, and it was not until I had the replacement did I realize mine was gone. This of course left the shifter wide open for anything and everything to fall down into it.

But, yes, this seems to be a very bad design. There really should be some sort of protection surrounding the "computer" inside the shifter itself considering the placement of the factory drink holder.
 
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