Why is the rum gone?
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Depends who you ask,
Anyone with a 1.9 that hasnt had any issues will probably say that it's just an unlucky few.
Anyone that has had a problem (like me) will tell you it's a real problem that is more likely to cause you a problem than not.
IIRC the 2.0 has the same M32 gearbox but the casing has been moddified to provide extra cooling so the issues don't seem as common on those ones (I could be wrong I think some people have also said that the 2.0 has the f40 gearbox which doesn't suffer from the same problem) someone with more knowledge will no doubt be along soon.
from personal experience I would not buy a 1.9JTDm, the money I spent fixing my gearbox would have more than covered the differnce between my car and a newer 2.4 or 2.0
(or you could buy one thats already been fixed, repaired ones generally have better bearings and are properly shimmed so the problem is less likely to happen a second time, and you will almost certainly be getting a car with a nearly new clutch, and DMF, anyone thats not replaced those as part of the gearbox fix has cut corners and probably didn't get a good repair done)