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.
Thanks for all input!