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    Hello all,

    I have a 52 plate vectra C 2.0DSi

    Last week, my car suddenly gave difficulty changing gear, i.e. hard to get it in, but it goes if you pull hard on the stick.

    I took it to a dealer, but by then it had righted itself.

    Then yesterday it did it again. It is very hard to get in gear, but once in, all seems fine, i.e. I can put in 1st with a hard shove, then everythings ok, biting point good etc. If I pull out of gear, same problem.
    If I turn engine off, it goes in all gears with ease, press the cluth, start engine, agan, everything seems fine, until I pull it out of gear again.

    I put the handbrake on, and put car in 1st, then started the car, and then proceeded to 'rock' it a bit by moving the clutch pedal up/down for a bit, and now the problem has gone again.

    Nice man at garage says it's either, clutch has gone, or hydraulic assembly. Either way 5.5hrs labour to take box out and back on again is going to cost me over £400 just to see whats wrong with it.
    If it's then clutch plate, then £750, if its the assembly, then nearer £1000.

    Any ideas what it is, or is it worth doing anything (I want a new car)

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    Get the gear linkage checked firstly,
    I had this with my 2nd hand SRI bought from Network q.

    They adjusted this, and its been fine since.

    When it was wrong i couldnt get first gear, without going to another gear first, then keeping the foot on the clutch, go back to 1st.

    Quote Originally Posted by jwturpin View Post
    Hello all,

    I have a 52 plate vectra C 2.0DSi

    Last week, my car suddenly gave difficulty changing gear, i.e. hard to get it in, but it goes if you pull hard on the stick.

    I took it to a dealer, but by then it had righted itself.

    Then yesterday it did it again. It is very hard to get in gear, but once in, all seems fine, i.e. I can put in 1st with a hard shove, then everythings ok, biting point good etc. If I pull out of gear, same problem.
    If I turn engine off, it goes in all gears with ease, press the cluth, start engine, agan, everything seems fine, until I pull it out of gear again.

    I put the handbrake on, and put car in 1st, then started the car, and then proceeded to 'rock' it a bit by moving the clutch pedal up/down for a bit, and now the problem has gone again.

    Nice man at garage says it's either, clutch has gone, or hydraulic assembly. Either way 5.5hrs labour to take box out and back on again is going to cost me over £400 just to see whats wrong with it.
    If it's then clutch plate, then £750, if its the assembly, then nearer £1000.

    Any ideas what it is, or is it worth doing anything (I want a new car)

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    sounds like the linkage, as it has 2 cables, if not then it could well be the clutch

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