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    Default Blown gearbox - Please Help!!!!!

    Hello all,

    I currently own a Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 SRI Petrol (2006). Having broken down the other day and having the car recovered to a local garage, I was told that the gearbox was gone and I would need a new one. The garage also suggested changing the clutch while they were changing the gearbox (even though he said I didn't have to).

    He came back with a price of £675 for the gearbox change with labour and £850 if he changed the clutch as well. This is obviously with an old gearbox which only has a 30 day guarantee. He said it would cost £1900 for the same jobs if I had a re-conditioned gearbox. Not sure how much for a new one.

    My questions are:-

    1. Is £675 & £850 (with clutch) reasonable prices to be paying for a 2nd hand gearbox with labour?
    2. Same goes for £1,900 for a re-conditioned gearbox with labour?
    3. Should I get an old gearbox, re-conditioned gearbox or a completely new one?

    We are not made of money, and this has come as quite a shock to us because the car was only Serviced and MOT'd last week!!! So ideally we do not want to spend a fortune fixing the car but at the same time, we don't want it to break down again in a couple of months because we took the wrong option.

    My knowledge of cars is very limited, PLEASE HELP

    Many thanks,

    Rob

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    Vehicle : Vectra and a Signum

    Trim : top of the line in both

    Engine : Z18XE,Z19DTH,Z20NET

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    you can pick up 2nd hand gearboxes for about £250 and a clutch for less than £200, some are less than £100. I was quoted about £150 labour to change the gearbox and clutch..

    What engine (engine code) have you got?
    Last edited by Caveman_nige; 12th September 2011 at 12:50.
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
    The wifes vec show car, started as a standard daily driver and ended up like this. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=709



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    I paid £1100 for a reconditioned gearbox and clutch at Mr Clutch last December. This was when we had 18" of snow and having to work outside, doing it myself wasn't an option.

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