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  Reply # 1616531 23-Aug-2016 20:47
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Are you an AA member? 

 

If so, get one of their Service Centres or a Call-out mechanic to look at it immediately ... theoretically there shouldn't be any charge for an assessment/initial diagnosis.




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  Reply # 1616533 23-Aug-2016 20:49
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Rickles:

 

Are you an AA member? 

 

If so, get one of their Service Centres or a Call-out mechanic to look at it immediately ... theoretically there shouldn't be any charge for an assessment/initial diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

I am a member but my sister, is not. 


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  Reply # 1616534 23-Aug-2016 20:55
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networkn:

 

who will consider putting a second-hand transmission in if required?

 

 

depends on cost of replacement car - cost of second-hand transmission inc labour

 

I doubt the nephew could have done anything to prevent eventual failure, although he did hasten it by weeks - months





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  Reply # 1616536 23-Aug-2016 20:58
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networkn:

 

Rickles:

 

Are you an AA member? 

 

If so, get one of their Service Centres or a Call-out mechanic to look at it immediately ... theoretically there shouldn't be any charge for an assessment/initial diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

I am a member but my sister, is not. 

 

 

get your skyline downthere and tow it back on a flatbed?

 

do you have AA plus?





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  Reply # 1616601 24-Aug-2016 08:15
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There are plenty of Swifts around and plenty get crashed.  Shouldn't be too difficult to find a second hand gearbox.





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  Reply # 1616901 24-Aug-2016 15:26
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I suggest you get the car or someone out who can read the engine error codes first:

 

http://www.troublecodes.net/suzuki/

 

You can buy the OBD and OBDII scanners as well (I have a ALDL scanner for my car and it has proven useful when tracking down failed sensors)

 

That way you can confirm that what the issue is (if the computer can read it)  This will give you a path to try.

 

This will save you throwing a new transmission in only to find that it was due to a blocked filter, bad fluid, etc

 

You can buy the scanners here in NZ.  Useful if you are the "mechanic" of your friends!

 

http://search.supercheapauto.co.nz/search?w=obd


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  Reply # 1616966 24-Aug-2016 17:07
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I listened to the sound file.  I reckon it could be the bearing on the torque converter, or a loose bolt holding the torque converter to the flex plate, or that bolt or something else scraping / rubbing in there.

 

I'd have hoped that whoever decided it was the bearing first unbolted the inspection plate at the bottom of the bell-housing and had a good look around.  Bolts holding the torque converter to the flex plate can be dealt to from there, up on a hoist you've probably got a reasonable chance of seeing if something's rubbing.  Not sure why the bearing would crap out at 75,000km - which gives me doubt that's actually the problem. Also if the bearing had crapped out, I'd have thought the seals would be toast, and the car would be leaking trans fluid out the bottom of the bell housing.


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  Reply # 1616985 24-Aug-2016 18:30
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MikeB4:

The vehicle has a retail value of around $3,000 at best, throwing too much money at it is probably uneconomic



About ten years ago, my Mitsubishi Galant auto needs a transmission rebuild. Cost me $2900.



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  Reply # 1682604 5-Dec-2016 15:40
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So looks like it's going to cost $1600. 

 

Trying to decide whether to wreck it, or repair it, or sell it as is where is. 

 

Anyone know how I can work out the value of each of those options if the car is in another city? 

 

It's currently sitting with my sisters friend who is a mechanic.


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  Reply # 1682631 5-Dec-2016 16:24
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New tranny?





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  Reply # 1682632 5-Dec-2016 16:27
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New tranny?

 

 

Yes, well not new but reconditioned. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1682640 5-Dec-2016 16:33
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That's cheap isn't it? Inc labour? If she doesn't trust the box then fix it and move it on.





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  Reply # 1682644 5-Dec-2016 16:37
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That's cheap isn't it? Inc labour? If she doesn't trust the box then fix it and move it on.

 

 

 

 

Well for $1500 I don't want to spend the money to find there are more problems. If I would get $3000 for the car as is where is, and the car was only $5K a year ago....

 

My sister isn't in a position to repair it herself, so I will be paying. I want to do what is in the best interests of everyone. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1682646 5-Dec-2016 16:38
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This is always a tough one.  

 

Resale on a broken car is generally weak, so if you say $1,000, that makes $2,600 to spend on a replacement - with unknown issues.

 

Unless there is likely some other nasty stuff lurking, ie. you know in general the car's been fairly well looked after, I'd say the smart choice is actually to repair it.


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  Reply # 1683055 6-Dec-2016 08:54
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If I was purchasing a vehicle and the seller said there were issues with the gearbox and it would cost $X to fix, I would be very cautious about the sale.  We tend to live in a world now where there are some members of the public who are out to deceive others when it comes to this.  So it would drive the price of re-sale down quite a lot.

 

For the age of the car and the KMs on it, I personally would invest the money into replacing the gearbox and then see if you wanted to sell it still.

 

I know with the vehicles I have, it takes a bit of time to gain "trust" in the vehicle, and knowing what has gone wrong in the past and what has been replaced can help build that trust.  That being said, I know that if there has been a failure before some people would rather see the car go as they can no longer trust the car.

 

tl;dr: I would spend the money to get it fixed and then decide if I wanted to keep the vehicle.


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