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Concerning the imminent demise of my car [Jul. 20th, 2009|03:50 pm]
Douglas Spencer

My car needs a new gearbox, the old gearbox has decided to chew itself up.

What with labour and all the rest of it, a replacement gearbox would cost something like £3,000 -- which I hadn't anticipated spending just at the moment.

It's done 120,000 miles, and even if I gave it a new gearbox it's not guaranteed that I'd get another 60,000 miles out of it before something else substantial needed doing.

So it looks like I'll be getting another car in the next few days.

Times are hard and budgets are tight, so it seems likely that my next car will be quite a small one. This will have implications for things like the amounts of stuff I can take to conventions, how useful I am helping people to move stuff from point A to point B, how agile you'll need to be to get into and out of the back seat, and so on.

Ah well. I'm going to go to the dealership now, and ask them how little I can pay for a car and still have a reasonable expectation that I won't be crippled after four-hour drive.

[User Picture]From: andrewwilde
2009-07-21 09:01 pm (UTC)
Just out of interest - is the £3k from the dealership?

If so, I'm not surprised: but I'd expect that a gearbox specialist would be able to knock around 60% (or more) off the cost - probably sub £1k... Might be worth considering getting another quote - main dealers are known for being hideous on labour-heavy jobs like gearboxes...
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-07-21 09:50 pm (UTC)
Dealership, yes, and for a new box.

It's been stupidly difficult for me to find a garage locally who is prepared to source/supply/fit a reconditioned or service-exchange gearbox.

However I've found one round the corner from my mother and brother in Devon (it's where my nephew works!) who have undertaken to try, and it'll probably be [just] sub-£1k for gearbox-and-clutch-together.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-08-03 06:00 pm (UTC)
See the new post!
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