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Hi folks-

Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year!

The reverse selection on my car has rapidly degenerated over the last few weeks to the point of nearly unusable, so I need decide what to do with it.

The specialist who serviced it says that he would charge 5 hours labour (at £35/hour) to swap the box and change the clutch and slave cyl. This sounds reasonable to me - I just don't have the time to try and do it myself, or a spare car!
That doesn't include the clutch parts of course.

The question is what to do about the box. I don't think I'd trust second hand (look how quickly mine went from no problems to unusable - about 6 months or 10,000 miles!). That leaves either an exchange recon box with guarantee, or getting mine rebuilt.

I can't find the quote now but I'm sure someone quoted me about £750 + VAT for a recon box (I think it was DCA Saab). I'd love suggestions for other sources to try (other than Saab - too expensive at £1200 + VAT or whatever it is).

As for a rebuild, WMSS said that from the description it would be about 8 or 9 hours labour, 180 quid for the reverse cluster, and 200 quid for clutch and general bits. That includes removing and refitting the box. Like I say, that assumes that the box is otherwise OK.

The final option of course, is Abbot, who I think said they would rebuild the box and fit an LSD for £920 + VAT, but I'm not sure if that includes other parts or what.

Anyone got any advice or experience to offer on this, or other places to recommend in my area (SW?) I need to get onto this ASAP.

I worked out that out of 7 cars I've had, 5 have needed new gearboxes. Doh!
 

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Yeah, my wife said the same thing!


I don't think it's me... 3 were bought with the fault, 2 because I didn't recognise the symptoms and one because it cost £200 so what the hell. The other 2 appeared after I bought them (my current car being one of them, the other being a Morris that me and my brother learned to drive in that that had done a billion miles or something)
 

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The final option of course, is Abbot, who I think said they would rebuild the box and fit an LSD for £920 + VAT, but I'm not sure if that includes other parts or what.[/b]
+ the other bits they find + clutch + poly gbox bush = about £1900 inc vat

Do a search of the 9000 archives for carly and gearbox, and you will find posts from may 2002 and nov 2003 when my Carly had new or rebuild gearboxes.

lots of pretty pictures from may 2002 as I stripped and rebuild the box as reverse had failed.

Andrew
 

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Yeah I need to check the exact terms of the offer with Abbot!

I found the other quote ... it wasn't DCA, it was parts-asap.co.uk.

"The price is £375.00 + vat for a used part or £575.00 + vat for a reconditioned. Both come with a 6 month warranty."

Cheap, but strange that it only has 6 month warranty. Anyone used this place before?
 

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Finally got through to DCA... they quote £450 + VAT for a recon box, with 1 year guarantee.

As for rebuilding the existing one, they say it may work out a bit cheaper, or it may work out more, so at that price for the convenience their recon box sounds a good buy to me (when they have one... which they don't right now
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I have had the abbott deal in the past and for £600 it was fine (there was not much wrong with it)..however this time I am getting wmss to re-build it for me as I think there would be a bigger bill at abbott..
It really depends on how much is wrong I guess
 

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YLee .. the price seems to have gone up!

I clarified the offer. The £920 + vat includes a rebuild of the standard stuff, i.e. bearings, gaskets, etc. This assumes the box has no serious faults.

When I said mine had a failing reverse, he said that would be down to a worn selector and that they had literally hundreds of second hand ones around that he would fit at no extra charge.

He said the only thing that would make for extra cost is a serious fault like jumping out of forward gears, which would mean new shafts etc.

The price includes labour to remove and refit the box.

They don't automatically do the clutch. If it needs doing, they will do it for the cost of parts only (£240) - no extra labour charge.

The poly gearbox bush is 30 something quid and that of course will be fitted for free as part of the job.

If the box is supplied out of the car on a palette, it will reduce the cost - but not by much as he reckons labour to remove and refit the box is 45 minutes! Blimey...
 

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I've paid about 900 Euros (labour & spares) incl. VAT for all bearings exchange and new clutch on my '95 NG900 (where is much more difficult to get the gearbox out)

Just make a trip here to Czech rep. and you'll save the money for the fuel to way here and back

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Hi, my aero is currently in WMSS having the gearbox rebuilt as it was popping out of 3rd/4th. I have been quoted 8-9 hours labour + parts (circlips) + new clutch.... The only recon boxes with a guarantee I found were around £1000, so I opted for a rebuild, as I knew the remainder of the box was ok.

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I had my gearbox rebuilt at Howe Engineering. Like Abbott, they have the removal/refitting process down to a fine art (perhaps even quicker than Abbott?) and can do it in less than two hours if all goes smoothly, plus whatever gearbox work needs doing in between, of course.
 
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