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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:22 pm 
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Joined: Thu May 21, 2009 1:32 pm
Posts: 91
Location: Deepest Darkest Norfolk
Car Models: 2006 9-3SS 2.0T Aero BSR
I think my gearbox is on the way out.

Over the last few weeks it’s become difficult to engage 1st, and now it’s hardly engaging at all.

3rd and 5th are not much better. It regularly pops out of gear in 1st, and sometimes 5th, 3rd sometimes not smooth to engage. Also regular crunching.

2nd, 4th and Reverse are pretty much OK.

Does this sound like a new gearbox, and if so what's the average cost?

I’m at 137k, new clutch about 18 months ago. 5spd box.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:32 pm 
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Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:02 pm
Posts: 8183
Location: Reading, Saabshire.
Car Models: 97 9000 Aero 2.3T
Is this the 6sp box ?.
As there are known issues on the shift linkage with those, and a simple repair is possible with a Mod.

Edit. Sorry, just seen the 5sp....

92 9000 CSE 2.0T TD04
97 9000 Aero 2.3T JulesTune Stage 2+
08 Astra 1.8 Elite

PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:17 pm 
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Joined: Thu May 21, 2009 1:32 pm
Posts: 91
Location: Deepest Darkest Norfolk
Car Models: 2006 9-3SS 2.0T Aero BSR
OK panic over. :)

My car went to my local garage (indy neighbour), who found the issue was a broken pin on the cable that selects the up and down motion of the gear stick. Therefore it was not positioning or engaging in the gearbox correctly.

I suspect this has been getting gradularly worse over a long time, as I've noticed it becoming more difficult to select 1st in particular over the last few years. In the last few weeks 1st has become worse on a daily basis, and yesterday couldn't engage it at all.

Luckily a temp fix in place, and new pin on order to fix it.

A massive relief as was on the verge of having to decide if i should sell/scrap it, which i really really don't want to do. :|

EDIT: Since this temp fix was put in place (resecuring pin), the gear selector is the best it's felt in years!

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