Hello fellow enthusiasts and forum members. Some buying advice please. My neighbour is looking to downsize, and with my constant praising of the virtues of MB ownership he has looked at an A class, 99 vintage A160 with 54000 miles and full MB/specialist history. He likes the car, (there’s a lot to like, I still think these are very clever little cars), but he commented that the Automatic transmission seemed slow between the gears. I did own an A class some years ago, and I seem to remember it didn’t have the best quality gear change. So to my question, I have read numerous horror stories about the A class’s fragile Automatic, but I’m sure for every 1 we hear about there are 100 good ones (I’d like to think so at least!). Is there anything that can be done to preserve these fragile transmissions, regular transmission oil changes etc? Or do I seem to recall that these had one of MB ‘sealed for life units’. Your thoughts would be gratefully received.