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    Default Another F40 Gearbox Question

    Hi All, I have a 2005 2.0T Vectra with the six speed F40 gearbox, which I assume will be the close ratio variant.

    About a year back I started having problems engaging 5th gear. If I manage to get the engine speed just right, with very little load, it will slip into gear and there's no adverse noise from driving in 5th.

    When the car was in for servicing a little while back, the mechanic commented that the operating cables were looking a little tired so I agreed to have them changed. That made the gear changes in other gears feel much slicker but did nothing for the 5th gear issue.

    The mechanic did enquire with a local gearbox firm and also VX, but both claimed to not be aware of any particular issues with this type of gearbox.
    Clearly some of the earlier posts on this site contradict that view a bit!

    So, a simple question, has anyone else had a similar problem, and if so, were you able to resolve it without the drastic step of changing the gearbox? There doesn't appear to be much choice of second hand close ratio F40 boxes around! The age of the car doesn't really justify the cost of a spanking new box at circa £1600.

    Any useful comments or experience much appreciated. :-)

    I just picked up this other thread about gearbox oil levels playing a role in synchro issues. Any thoughts anyone?


    Last edited by ukcommando; 1st March 2010 at 16:46. Reason: More info

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