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Extended warranty food for thought

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So I have been waiting to get to 49,500 to get my last free service before I go on MB extended warranty. Last week I noticed my '02 320 didn't upshift. Tried to do it manually and nothing happened. Figuring it was a "brain cramp", I shut down and restarted. Transmission fine.

Monday, same thing happened. Called my SA to get this looked at and get my last service done, no big deal? Wrong. The electronic controller was sending upshift fault signals. They have ordered the part. After they install, they run the test again. If it is still sending, they replace the transmission.

Imagine this a month later with no warranty.
Electronic controller, $1500. Transmission, $3000. Extended warranty? Priceless. Great Tysinger SA? Double priceless.
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I'm at that point now. I've got 49,200 miles and just got the last free service, plus the 31st through 34th repairs in three years with this piece of ...

I just don't know if it's worth spending a couple (or few) thousand dollars more on the extended warranty and keeping the ML as a spare car since I bought it for cash, or dumping this pig before it starts costing me as much as my wife's E320 to keep it on the road.

I'm leaning toward dumping both and getting Lexuses (GX and ES or LX) or Infinitys (FX45 and Q and/or SC). I've never had such unreliable cars before, and I had an MGB! The new Benzes are beautiful, and an E55 is very tempting, but I won't be bitten again. I'm done with MB.
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