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Hello everyone

I am a new member, so apologise if I have started a thread incorrectly.
A friend has been quoted $12 000 (AUD) for a replacement new manual gearbox from a Subaru dealer.
Could I please have some unbiased advice as to costs?
Also, perhaps some advice: she reported a whine from the gearbox, was told the gearbox was integrated with the diff, and that the rear wheels did not turn when on a hoist, indicating gearbox replacement.
If someone has had a gearbox replaced recently, or simply found that the oil needs replacing or topping up, etc, please reply.

Kind Regards

Robin
 

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Yes, exactly as I thought. Any suggestions as to the problem, and ball park costs?
 

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I am taking a guess this price is coming from a dealer?

If so that could explain the rather steep quote. Many dealers don't have tools facilities do rebuild a transmission in house so they would "A" have to send it out, "B" replace it with a new one. I would not think that Subaru of Australia would have a hard time getting a transmission, but... Either of those scenarios could easily add to the cost.

I would highly recommend a independent shop take a look at it, a shop with experience in Subaru manual transmissions. It may take some phone work to find one. They can be rebuilt and depending on what went wrong internally it could be a few hundred dollar fix to $4-5K for a full rebuild. A replacement trans should not run more then $5k installed by a dealer, to me it seems like some one is trying to take your friend for a ride. If a replacement is needed I would also look at a used one.

You may want to try and PM BAC2.5, he is our local transmission expert.
 

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Possibly a problem with the transfer gears? Hard to diagnose without the vehicle, but if the rear drive shaft is not turning there is a major problem in the gearbox / transfer case.

These guys rebuild and ship transmissions:

Rebuilt Subaru Gearboxes For All Subaru Models - Great Prices

Find someone to install it and you good to go for way less than A$12K
 

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Definately follow Kevins recomendations, get the car out of the dealership if that's where it's at. Most likely they would come back and tell you they can get a remanufactured transmission for less, and that will probably still be more than what you can have done at a local Subie specialist.

Ask around here, hopefully someone can point you to a local to you Subie shop that can help you out.

Good luck, keep us informed as to your progress.

Cheers

PM a few members or post here for shop recomendations near you and your prayers will be answered.
 

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Definitely get a independant Subie specialist to look at it
go to ozfoz.com and post your question there. I'm sure the SA guys will steer you in the right direction
 
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