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Hi all,

Most people know me from SaabCentral but those who don't : HI!!!

Having decided not to take the trek up to Sunderland for an old gearbox, I've decided to get mine reconditioned.

"Ok" I hear you say, "what's hard about that?"

Problemo: Money
Solution: Friendly Saab people.

I need to find a good place to get the work done, Abbott are very good but the prices are a bit out my price range (pattern emerging for Abbott customers here me thinks )

I live in North Hampshire, UK.
'94 Saab 9000 Aero

I have had a quote from DCA in Reading of:
£250 for the recon
£150 for the clutch (while it's out I may as well)
£28ph x 4h for the Labour
Courtesy Saab 9000 : Free!
::is this good?

Mark
 

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£250 for the recon[/b]
Mark,

I'd say it was a good price, but the line above (quoted) could go wildly wrong depening on why you are having your box recon'd.

My box (done by Abbotts) was working fine at 135,000m, no problems other than some overrun whine in 1st and 2nd when cold.

The parts alone (with discount) cost £355 consisting of:-

4 synchro's hubs (worth changing while its apart)
3 bearing (why it went in for repair)
2 hubs (splines were worn 95% away)
1 nut
3 circlips
1 spacer.

So there was nothing expensive or major wrong with mine but the parts cost £100 over your recon quote.

What is wrong with yours?

If they guarantee the price and rebuild, really rebuild yours (a known quantity), then bite their hand off).

Andrew
PS, how are the seats.
 

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> DCA in Reading

FWIW, they're not there any more (they're in the middle of moving to Uppper Bucklebury, nearer Thatcham/Newbury)

Which just happens to be about half the distance (and a third of the time) from home for me, compared to trekking into Caversham. Which is nice.

I've been very happy with the work DCA have done on my current 9000 (which I bought from them). As the other replies suggest, confirm what you're getting, but the price sounds good to me.

See this topic: http://www.saabscene.co.uk/ubb/ultimatebb....t=003436#000009

for someone else's suggestion of somewhere near Basingstoke, too.
 

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I spoke to simon at DCA yesterday - they have now moved to their new premesis. They have maintained my CSE for the last 3 years and have no problems with their work - I know they break a lot of Saab's as well so it may be worth asking whether they have any low mileage second hand units?

I would certainley ask for what parts they are hoping to recon!

Good luck!
 

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Hi Mark and welcome on board.

A couple of comments:

It's worth asking them on what basis they price the recon parts- ie is there a limit to how much they will replace. Some price the rebuilds at a fixed amount such that they lose on some and make on others. The labour is very reasonable.

£250 doesn't buy you very much at all in the way of new internals, so I would guess there will be some s/h bits. There's nothing wrong with this per se, as long as they are in good nick with virtually no wear. Ask them just exactly what they will do for the money.

The Abbott gearbox rebuild is probably one of the best around, but as you say is not the cheapest- but then you get what you pay for
. It's very good value if you have the LSD fitted at the same time.

Whilst it's out, you ought to have the slave cylinder replaced (about £80). Whilst working OK at the mo, it can be "disturbed" by the gearbox work but wouldn't be covered by any warranty.

HTH

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Limited Slip Differential - essentially, helps traction by going somewhere towards preventing the two driven wheels from differing in speed by too much. Not as clever as an intelligent traction control system, and not much help if both front wheels are spinning at the same time, but very handy for keeping traction on both wheels while you are going round corners etc.

Or something like that anyway!
 

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Thanks guys!!

The quote was to get my gearbox reconditioned. I'll check the details of the quote with DCA.
Nice of them not to tell me they are moving/moved eh!!

Seems there are more 9000 owners here than SaabCentral.

I'll let you know what the place in Basingstoke quotes.

Mark
 

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Hi Greenphotos - nice to see you here on SSc. I like Saabcentral, but you do tend to get more 9000 answers here

I mail-ordered some bits from DCA once and they seemed like really good lot to deal with.

I wanted to say - I am in much the same position (new clutch needed, and possibly gearbox recon, and limited funds) and not too far away either, so please keep posting quotes and experience on this as it is very much appreciated here

Interesting that getting a recon of your box is cheaper (it seems) than buying an exchange recon box... wonder why that is?
 

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I've found that the main problem with getting an exchange reconditioned box it that there are hardly any about.

I've spoke to BK Transmissions in Basingstoke and will be getting a quote this afternoon.

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Originally posted by Leon (9-5 stg2):
[qb] QUOTE
Originally posted by Mark E:
[qb] The Abbott gearbox rebuild is probably one of the best around[/qb][/b]
Oh really?

[/qb][/b][/quote]To be fair, yes. You can actually speak to the guy who is doing the rebuild who really does know his stuff. They don't skimp on replacement parts- but like I said, you pay for that privelege.
 

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Just got off the phone from BK Transmissions, they are not a Saab Specialist but gearboxes is all they do:

To recondition my gearbox and fit new clutch:

£180 Labour to remove and refit gearbox
£150 for recondition not including parts
£15 for new gearbox oil
£75 for clutch cylinder (Slave)
£90-£212 for Clutch Kit depending on Engine.

Total: £510-£632
He said he wants to drive the car before he can give an extimate about what gear parts are going to be needed.

Any thoughts peeps?

Mark
 

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Cross Roads Garage in Farnham have just done head gasket and new radiator and sorted out aircon. They pick up and collect and clean the car. Details in Yellow pages. They advertise as Saab and Subaru specialists.
Had my 2.3 lpt auto 9.5 years and 153000 miles.
 

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Sorry, the problem:

Keeps jumping out of 2nd, and it is very scratchy going into 3rd. AlanB drove the car at the Kodak meet and says it is on its way out. I'm off to BK transmissions this morning for thier diagnosis.

I'll let you all know when I get back.

There is also a mechanical rumbling sound when the engine is working hard (High Torque situations) - but I'm not sure if this is the box, we'll have to see.

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I've booked my Gearbox and Clutch job in for Tuesday, Looks like it's going to cost a bomb but after that the car will run sooo smoothly. (hopefully)
The clutch bailed out on me today and is slipping like it's getting paid for it!

Anyone got any spare money?

Mark
 
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