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    Morning All

    I am generally happy with our recently acquired 55 plate 1.9 CDTi SXi but one thing I'm still not sure of is the 6 speed gearbox. I find the gear changing not to be quite as slick or quick as I expected with some changes into 2nd & 3rd not exactly graunchy but a bit "clicky" if you see what I mean. Rather the just push the stick through you feel as though you have to gently feel it into position. Does my description make sense?

    It may be me taking more time as I am getting older, to get used to new things but what do you other people with this gearbox think of the change?

    Thanks.

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    Fine. I have had three now, the first car which was built in February 2004 (1.9 CDTi 150) had it's box changed at 49000 miles as it lost 3rd gear.

    But other than this, no problems, they can be a little notchy but this is the way it is built.

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    Other people have had problems with this box (F40) - several people have had them replaced so it's not uncommon. They can be a bit notchy, which is normal, but this can get worse where it then becomes difficult to select certain gears.

    Ian C had his replaced I'm sure, can't recall the others, but they should be able to give you their experiences of what it felt like etc.

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    I don't find 2nd - 3rd too bad but 1st - 2nd is very notchy - particularly when it's cold

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    I also have a 55 plate 1.9cdti sxi. The cars on 24000 miles, I've had it since 10000 and have had no problems with the 6 speed-box. Kind-of worrying to read that people have had them replaced tho!!!
    I'll look out for anything odd on the way home tonight, it might be one of those things you don't notice until its pointed out to you!

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    Vauxhall gearboxes have always been notchy. The addition of the 6th gear just needs you to give it a bit more of a wrench!!

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    I find the gearbox on Astra's much better! Corsa's seems to have have a notchey box too!

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    Mines the same but the dealer said it was fine??
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I have a somewhat low opinion of the change .. its about all I dont like on my vec-c ..

    and theres sod all you can do about it .. maybe lube the cable end connections, which is what I intend on doing..

    the 1st to 2nd in cold is well documented on here ..

    I have raised the question of an oil change, but its sealed, no carbon nastiness getting in the oil, and dealers state sealed for life .. ( although I still dont like the idea of oil doing such mileages lol )

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    Yep, cold first to second is not good at all. second to third is ok, but simply ok. four five and six are all nice and smooth.

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