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Hi guys,
Very sad to say I've had a major dilemma this week. what began as a sticky gear problem and what i hoped was a tranny fluid change, it has come to light that the 'secondary clutch kit' is shot and I need a new/recon gearbox. To repair and recon mine at the nearest specialist is going to be £1100 - £1200!!:huh:

I presume that I need one identical to mine so that the ratios are the same to prevent it wrecking other parts of the car. If anyone has any useful information on what gearboxes I should be looking at or where to look then please drop a comment in here.

Mine is a 1997 T/tb Japanese import. I saw a recon auto box on ebay for £455 so I guess thats a ballpark figure. I'm hoping to find a recon box and not a used one for obvious reasons. Most recon boxes will have a 12month warranty and also i dont want to be back here again in 20,000 miles time.

Any advice or help is much appreciated
 

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Hi BF82....I recently had a very similar thing happen to me on a freelander and was qouted £1200 to rebuild my gearbox or £1100 to buy a refurb box but had to send my old one back to supplier on an "exchange basis" , both prices were plus fitting at about £300.....so pricing does appear to be a bit random on auto boxes.
If it was the same item on e-bay that I saw I think he had "various" boxes available so might be worth giving him the .serial no. off your box.

This might help in finding someone reputable....

Automatic gearbox repair find members for repair Fedauto

Best of luck....I know how you feel....:puke:
Jules
 

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try Grade A Subaru BUT, BUT, BUT before you call them make sure you have the gearbox part no. Its on the top of the gearbox, I think passenger side.

they maybe able to help if they have a box with the same part no.

Failing that Forester maybe able to help

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Before you go spending a fortune on gearboxes, have you taken a look at the posts in the Tech Forums - Transmission. esp this one -

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f89/my06-4eat-shift-issue-4703/

It appears the trouble may not be the Autobox but the Transmission Control Unit. Maybe check the wiring connectors undo them clean the contacts and smear them with copper grease to prevent corrossion. There are some sensors for front and rear wheel speeds etc that all must be working OK.

I believe ForestGump had new valve bodies etc and then it turned out to be a control unit problem.

Always suspect the electrics first! Don't forget they are working in a very hostile environment - Damp - Vibration - some Heat all the ingredients electrics do not like!

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thanks guys, it seems a real headache trying to locate one. i have emailed a few places including the ones that were recommended in this thread.

I dont think it is electrical, the gearbox specialist has told me that my secondary clutch has pretty much disintegrated and that is why my old fluid was black instead of red. I wish it was simpler and cheaper to repair :(

A few places have told me that £1000 could be a common figure, typical this should come along when i'm only doing part time work and struggling to pay a mortgage lol!

Ah well i shall keep at it and hopefully lady luck will deal me a good card soon
 

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Apparently the safer way forward and only real option is to recon my box. It's coming out for collection thursday, then goin in the back of my dads van, over on the ferry to pompey to the transmission speciallist. Then back again when it's done to be re-fitted... lots of money all in but hopefully this will be the only big issue i'll have with the car!
 

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Apparently the safer way forward and only real option is to recon my box. It's coming out for collection thursday, then goin in the back of my dads van, over on the ferry to pompey to the transmission speciallist. Then back again when it's done to be re-fitted... lots of money all in but hopefully this will be the only big issue i'll have with the car!
Who is the transmission specialist you are using in Portsmouth?
 

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The Express Gearbox Co. They only deal with gearboxes and they have all the latest computers and tools etc. I've rang around lots of places the last week or so and they seem to be the most clued up and were happy to explain the ins and outs of it all down the phone for a while.

picking the gearbox up from my garage today and dropping it to the gearbox guys tomorrow, keep you posted
 

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Fingers crossed that it goes smoothly!
 

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Ok so it's been 6 weeks or so now and i still dont have my car back!! The gearbox place in fratton had some kind of delay, they said something about misplacing the torque convereter? not too sure what happened but its finished anyway. i picked it up saturday and took it to the garage my end that has the car. they have had it all week to re-fit it but i know they are busy.

The total cost for the recon of the box was £1100 for cash. I still think it's a ridiculous price but they did seem to be the best option and I got a years/12000 mile warranty with it.

Just waiting on my garage to call to tell me it's all back together and running smooth. Am looking forward to the new silky smooth gear changes :)
 
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