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Hi, I guess my car starts to show its 3+ years age and wanted to know if anyone had this problem before, if so was it costly! The up-shift paddle seems to have lost its pivot or hinge point so changing up via the paddle is unpredictable. Press it at the top and all is fine press it at the bottom and you might or might not get a gear which is interesting when in a hurry!

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Auto D mode and using the sequential gear lever itself are fine so it is not the gear box:) and I am booked in at the dealer next week but just wondered if it was a first!<o:p></o:p>
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I have that same issue with my car and i only have 18k miles......its year 07. Let me know how they treat the problem it should be covered by the warranty
 

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Funny- my 07 has just developed the same problem! Have an appt at the dealer next week to get it fixed (under warranty).
 

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A new paddle should solve the problem and shouldn't be too bad. The culprit is one of two things (or a combination of the two), the hinge area at the back of the paddle is beginning to fail and causing flex so it is not actuating properly and/or the contact is developing an issue and becoming intermittent unless it is hit dead on. I have dissected several AMG paddles with similar issues and they are not much different from the SMG paddles. On an AMG, they are about $200 per pair and can be swapped out in 15-20 minutes (you have to pull the airbag though).
 

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It turned out to be the switch that the paddle shifter is connected to on my 07. The part had to be special ordered, but everything was covered under warrenty. Funny thing though. About 3 weeks after getting my left down shifter switch replaced the right one went out. I have a scheduled service in ~5000 miles so I can wait to get it fixed. It should also be covered by warrenty.
 

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Makes sense that they would both wear somewhat evenly. Too bad they can't just replace them both as preventative maintenance but that is not how warranty works so back to the dealer. :(
 

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Excellent I am not the only one, feels very much like "the hinge area at the back of the paddle is beginning to fail and causing flex so it is not actuating properly" I will let people know next week when I have been to the dealer! Thanks for comments so far, Peter
 
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