The first generation GL Class SUV by Mercedes-Benz, manufactured from 2006-2012, is the first attempt by the German auto maker to introduce German engineering in a sport utility vehicle. The GL class comes standard with a powerful 335-horsepower V8 engine, improved smart suspension system and BlueTEC technology. Though Mercedes-Benz typically produces extremely reliable vehicles, many Mercedes-Benz GL Class owners have transmission problems with their SUV’s.
Typically, complaints many Mercedes owners have with their vehicles begin with hard shifting, especially in the lower gears. This, oddly enough, can be found on both low and high mileage vehicles. Hard shifting may occur with or without a loud clunking noise, or jolting sensation. This may be intermittent or occur nearly every time the vehicle downshifts.
If left unchecked for a long period of time, the transmission may completely fail. If this happens, your vehicle will be unable to shift out of the low gears and make driving nearly impossible. This would be a major inconvenience, as well as a safety hazard. For this reason, we recommend taking your Mercedes SUV to a Mercedes service center as soon as possible if you are experiencing this issue.
A Mercedes-Benz specialist will be able to accurate assess any damage or issues you have as a result of a malfunctioning shifter. Repairs on the transmission can be extremely time consuming and expensive, however Mercedes has issued Technical Service Bulletins for hard shifting transmissions. The staff at your local Mercedes-Benz repair center will be able to tell if your vehicle’s repairs are covered.
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