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Questions regarding 300D non turbo auto tranmission

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Dear All,
Car is a 1981 300D RHD non-turbo sedan. My car wont shift until redline (although I dont have a tachometer). My Mech checked and said the tranny was shot. He said it should be an easy fix but end out telling me the tranny was totally different between the gasoline and diesel model.

He said it is not cheap to buy the parts to rebuild the tranmission. And it seems not easy to get rebuilt item, nor it is risky to get a used one as the youngest car should be over 25 years old.

So my questions are

1) Is it really hard to source out the parts? or if the parts are that expensive?
2) Is it hard to get a rebuilt unit? Or should I just get a used one?
3) Can I use the parts or swap it with the Turbo one? is it an easy swap?
4) Is it even harder if I want to swap the tranny with a 5SP MT? I guess the 5SP MT parts will be very hard to source? Can I swap with those 280E 5sp? or other model?

I tried to search from the forum and seems not much post mentioned about rebuilding the transmission. Thank you very much for all of your opinions
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Thank you very much guys for the information!!!
OK, I brought the car to two different mech and they said the tranmission was shot. One of them said he fixed the vaccum leak. The car was in the shop for months and my mech said he is trying to find a better option as the parts are very expensive. I think he did mentioned THE BANDS which i think may be referred to the brake bands, he said there were two and will cost USD1000 alone for parts.

So in this case I guess I am pretty doomed and should ask the mech to rebuild the tranny...

thx again!
I have no idea. the car wont shift or once it shift, it had a big "band" and feel like someone give my butt a kick. so i am not sure if it is only related to vaccum or something else.

anyway i will check with the mech again and let you guys know
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