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Decided to start a new thread just to discuss the fixing of my gearbox

I have whirring noise in gears 3,4,5 and 6 and so from looking at the many threads on here it seems I need the bearings changing.

I've emailed a few garages sourced through these forums, the quickest to reply were WG Motorworks who quoted me £599 inc VAT and said the work takes 4 hours, they have lots of + reviews on here.

The problem is I live in Cornwall and so is a 340 mile drive away! The other problem is that all the garages I have contacted "locally" (ie within the South West, still up to 200 miles away) seem to be quoting me around £1500 + VAT and one even said they'd need the car for 4 days!

So, it would be cheaper for me to drive to Kent, stay in a Premier Inn overnight, get it fixed in morning then drive home. This seems a little crazy but don't see what other option I have.

If anyone knows of a good local gearbox repairer closer that isn't going to break my bank then please let me know
 

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WG are only about £100 less than the going rate where I am.
There must be at least one transmission specialist in Cornwall, and I can guarantee all transmission specialists will be familiar with the M32.
If you're really struggling, get the car trailered over.
 

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WG are only about £100 less than the going rate where I am.
There must be at least one transmission specialist in Cornwall, and I can guarantee all transmission specialists will be familiar with the M32.
If you're really struggling, get the car trailered over.
No need to be trailered as it's not broken down.

Both the quotes I have had so far local to me have quoted £1500 + VAT which is why it may make sense to do a long journey! Something you can get used to when living in Cornwall.....
 

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I suppose the difference in price is down to the difference in work between removing the subframe, removing the gearbox, rebuilding the gearbox on a bench, refitting the gearbox & subframe back to the car, and trying to rebuild the gearbox in-situ by just removing the end casing off the box. Is the cheaper quote a guaranteed fix? I can think of situations where we've had a box apart on the bench for what we thought was a straightforward repair only to have it turning into a much bigger job, one you wouldn't be able to complete if you'd tried to rebuild in situ.
 

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That seems fair enough, that the difference would be down to that.

I'm guessing it's not guaranteed but seems to be such a common problem that they seem to know that's what it is. I see you are something to do with a garage too, do you not work on them in situ?
 

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No need to be trailered as it's not broken down.

Both the quotes I have had so far local to me have quoted £1500 + VAT which is why it may make sense to do a long journey! Something you can get used to when living in Cornwall.....
You misunderstand.
The reason for sending it over on a trailer is so you don't waste a day or two of your life hanging about waiting, not being able to work, not to mention faffing about with hotels etc.
Guess it depends how valuable your time is.
I run my own business, and hanging around doing nothing for a day or two isn't something I'd be prepared to do.
 

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You misunderstand.
The reason for sending it over on a trailer is so you don't waste a day or two of your life hanging about waiting, not being able to work, not to mention faffing about with hotels etc.
Guess it depends how valuable your time is.
I run my own business, and hanging around doing nothing for a day or two isn't something I'd be prepared to do.
I get you now. Fair enough, I'm self employed so was thinking I'd drive up on a Sunday, have it booked in for Monday morning then drive back. It's worth me doing that to save the extra cost, plus I like driving so not too bothered with that. That doesn't mean I wouldn't take it to a local place if even within spitting distance of the same price!

Ps there is another company that I've seen praised for their work but on their website they spell alfa with a ph. That makes me want to immediately avoid! :classic::evil:
 

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Booked into WG Motorworks to have all bearings changed, £599. Am up that way anyway so beats paying £1800 down here!

Will post a happy face if drive home without that continual whirring......

Will be outside smashing car into pieces if not.....
 

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Keep us posted!
 

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UPDATE -

Took the car to Warren yesterday, thoroughly nice and professional, took about 3 and half hours, he said the bearing were pretty bad and showed them to me.

Gearbox shifting is now nice and tight, no movement in stick and also no whirring!!! 350 mile drive home with no problem and over a grand saved on local prices.

Now I just need to get the power steering reservoir changed and the green fluid in and I will have a nice quiet drive!
 

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I'm glad I found this thread as I'm in the same boat, have been in contact with all the local gearbox specialists and cheapest quote is for £1194.

Only hesitation with WG is they've told me they don't remove the gearbox "fully" so cannot get to the clutch to change that at the same time. I've read somewhere anything other than complete removal of the box is half a job as the bearing casings can't be cleaned out and the swarf from the old will wreck the new before long.
 

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Hi,

I don't know enough about what you have mentioned to comment on whether that is true or not but as an update the car has done 15k miles since the bearings were done and it is running as smooth as ever.
 

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A&S Clutch in Halifax - £275.00 all gear set bearing changed and new oil -very well regarded in Vauxhall forums - same engine/gearbox Vectra/Astra etc
 

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Decided to start a new thread just to discuss the fixing of my gearbox

I have whirring noise in gears 3,4,5 and 6 and so from looking at the many threads on here it seems I need the bearings changing.

I've emailed a few garages sourced through these forums, the quickest to reply were WG Motorworks who quoted me £599 inc VAT and said the work takes 4 hours, they have lots of + reviews on here.

The problem is I live in Cornwall and so is a 340 mile drive away! The other problem is that all the garages I have contacted "locally" (ie within the South West, still up to 200 miles away) seem to be quoting me around £1500 + VAT and one even said they'd need the car for 4 days!

So, it would be cheaper for me to drive to Kent, stay in a Premier Inn overnight, get it fixed in morning then drive home. This seems a little crazy but don't see what other option I have.

If anyone knows of a good local gearbox repairer closer that isn't going to break my bank then please let me know
Found this link which may be of interest?
Problems and recalls: Alfa Romeo Brera (2006-10)
 
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