Somebody told me that at 90K I should have the transmission serviced for my '98 E430. He said that if I don;t get it serviced, it's more than likely that my transmission won't make it to 130K (I currently have 93K on it). Then I talked to a Mercedes service rep that told me that that was a load of cr@p!!! He said my transmission is an electronic transmission and does noe need to get serviced. What do you guys think? I'd appreciated any input.
Officially, the transmission is "sealed for life". In servcie, many folks have experienced problems. The problems come from graphite, which is a by-product of normal wear in the clutch packs. The graphite can build up and screw up the electonics inside the transmission. Cars that spend a lot of time on the highway have less problems than ones that spend a lot of time in traffic. A general rule of thumb is that the term "life" means 100,000 miles. Personally, I would have the dealer change the fluid. If he won't, find another dealer that will.