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Old 09-07-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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2006 ML500 Faulty Transmission Conductor Plate

Hello everyone,

I have a 2006 ML500 (164) and have had some issues with the transmission it seems. Here are some of the symptoms I had with the vehicle at times:

Upon acceleration from a standstill, car would rev high but accelerate very little and take a while to get to speed.
Car woul get stuck in a specific gear and even tiptronic behind steering wheel would show a different gear but it would not shift.
Upon acceleration from a standstill, car would rev but not move at all.
While driving I had shifted into neutral and it would not let me get back into drive.

After shutting the car off and restarting it the problem would go away.

I took it to get a diagnostics and tech says its the transmission conductor plate that is fautly and its a known problem, but its not a recall because its not a saftey issue! ya not a saftey issue...ya right!

anyways, I got a quote for the repair and it came to around $1500 Canadian dollars plus our beautiful taxes.

I have spoken to Mister Transmission (for U.S.A. thats a tranny specialist type shop incase it wasn't clear!) and they said they could do all the labour for about $300 including new oil, gaskets etc... but have to order the part from Dealer which is about $600 give or take

I have found the part on ebay and other online parts suppliers for around $150-200

My question is, has anyone used these other parts and are they the right ones seeing that the shop says there are no aftermarkets for this repair?

Here is a link to an expample part.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-O...item45f6975ee8

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Old 09-08-2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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If it's OEM, then it's not an aftermarket item, it is what the dealer would use as well

OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer

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An original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, manufactures products or components that are purchased by a company and retailed under that purchasing company's brand name.[ref 1] OEM refers to the company that originally manufactured the product. When referring to automotive parts, OEM designates a replacement part made by the manufacturer of the original part.[1] In this usage, OEM means "original equipment from manufacturer".
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An automobile part may carry the designation OEM if it is made by the same manufacturer and is the original part used when building and selling the product.[1] The term aftermarket is often used for non-OEM spare parts.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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I had the same type issues - dealer replaced both the Conductor Plate and the Valve Body:

Transmission Issue

If you have an independent trans shop do the work make sure they use the current MB spec trans fluid.
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For an issue like this I would not even consider an aftermarket part if there is one or even a independent repair shop. This in my mind is without question a dealer only fix.
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I know OEM is origional part, but would you trust an ebay seller quoting this?!

Independent can get part and do the service for half the price, I will probably take the chance and see what happens. At least I know they are getting the part directly from Dealer.
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For an issue like this I would not even consider an aftermarket part if there is one or even a independent repair shop. This in my mind is without question a dealer only fix.
not aftermarket parts......

but rather OEM parts

big difference, between the 2
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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I know OEM is origional part, but would you trust an ebay seller quoting this?!

Independent can get part and do the service for half the price, I will probably take the chance and see what happens. At least I know they are getting the part directly from Dealer.
That would depend on the seller I guess


Let me see if I can get the part, I see your in Toronto, maybe I can help you out, it will not be from the dealer, but an OEM part

if you wish
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Thanks GateKeeper, my only questions would be, if its not from a dealer how can it be verified as authentic mercedes part?

Even Mr. Transmission said before they bring the part in they need to remove the part and verify the part # with the supplier
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The place the part comes from is the place the dealers get theirs

here is some light reading as well

http://mdtransmission.com/mercedes-b...-problems.html

I am waiting for availability and price on the part
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BAD NEWS....

my parts supplier cannot get this item..well he can but cannot sell to public only to the dealer...same as some other places have said

Dealer Item Only.....

so sorry I couldn't help out, but some things I guess we just cannot get......bummer
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:42 PM   #11
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The effort was much appreciated. I will keep the post updated with the results once its repaired, but first I have a leaking power steering pump to change! Gotta love Mercedes! At least this one I can get aftermarket and save a few hundred bucks. Dealer quote $1500. I can get for about $200 rebuilt, 2 hours labor is about $160 at my independent, and the resevoir and fluids another $50 = about $400, much better than $1500!
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BAD NEWS....

my parts supplier cannot get this item..well he can but cannot sell to public only to the dealer...same as some other places have said

Dealer Item Only.....

so sorry I couldn't help out, but some things I guess we just cannot get......bummer
That is 100% correct and only dealer can fix this problem and not sale to anybody outside dealer. Part and installed by DEALER ONLY PERIOD. This is from my experience. I did alot of work call around many Mercedes specialist shops and they're giving dealer my VIN to verify correct part and dealers told them NO we can't sell you this part.

I have to fight with dealer (because I have my transmission power flush 2, 3 weeks before and then I had the same as your problems) and then dealer end up pay for parts (transmission service parts including in this kit) Dealer using grandfather thing I have no idear. I have to pay $600 for labor out of the door.
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