147 started jumping out of 3rd
Hi all, had my 1.6 147 manual since July. The day I drove it home I noticed it crunched into third when revving fairly high and avoided third for most of the drive home...
It still does it sometimes if I'm not careful but driving back up to Yorkshire from London on new year's day I noticed it popping out of 3rd a few times. Mostly seems to be when I let out the clutch and mostly when changing down to third.
It has only popped out of gear 5-7 times in three days and on this morning's drive to work I held the stick when I went into third briefly before chugging along in fourth, but now reading some more threads on this problem I've scared myself silly and don't think I'll use third at all until it's fixed.
Checked on here and seems that it's a very common thing with the syncro sleeve wearing out.
Of those of you who have had this problem, generally speaking how bad is it for the wallet? Does avoiding 3rd early on help or is it pot luck if you'll need just the syncro sleeve replacing instead of the entire gearbox?
P.S. I don't know how long it had been crunching but since I bought it I have done 4k, if that makes any difference....
Thanks in advance for any help!