Busted gear box VW Polo 1.9 SDI

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Busted gear box VW Polo 1.9 SDI

Post by DC_BS » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:54 am

Driving from London to Brighton last night and the gearbox went, couldn't shift into first or any gears, and at one point the gear stick actually came off! Couldn't do more than 60mph without the rev counter going crazy.
Horrible burning smell as well. Oil had leaked under the bonnet. Spoke to my mechanic and he said at least £500 for the part alone, to fit and replace clutch too would take it over a grand.

Put so much into it including new cambelt, clutch, alternator and power steering pump. MOT in April passed with no advisories. Service was only last month. Can I possibly still sell it? Or is just a write off and I should scrap it?

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Re: Busted gear box VW Polo 1.9 SDI

Post by alexperkins » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:11 pm

Hard to say. you could possibly sell it and recoup some cost

Alternatively, pick up a used gearbox and new clutch and be done with it.

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Post by DC_BS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:17 pm

How would I be able to tell if its definitely the gearbox as opposed to the clutch?

If you remember 2 years ago I had a new clutch fitted (foolishly) by Halfords Autocentre. I'm suspecting the problem I had on Weds is stemmed from that.
Changing gear when the engine is off is really difficult if at all possible. Is that a clutch problem or gearbox? The burning smell can come from clutch too.

So supposed it is the clutch it won't cost as much to repair but if the gear stick broke it might be interlinked.

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Post by alexperkins » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:38 pm

I do remember

Sounds like the clutch is screwed

The gear shift cables may have snapped off their mounts which throws the alignment

Cost wise, a new box is like 100-150 plus the clutch and labour. Say 400 all in.

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Post by DC_BS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:45 pm

Unfortunately the 2 year warranty for the clutch has passed (by about 2 days lol) and I don't want to use them ever again.

I can get the parts for clutch and gear box but I don't know how to fit it. Usually all places or mobile mechanics refuse to fit parts supplied by someone else.

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Post by alexperkins » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:02 pm

A decent local independent will do the work for you with what you provide. Mine has no issue when ive gone down that route in the past.

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Post by DC_BS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:15 pm

The one I normally use won't let me provide any parts, and all his has 4 years warranty.

Thing is I'm not 100% sure if its the gear box or clutch or even both. There's a good chance its clutch as well cos of the botch job Halfords did.

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Post by alexperkins » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:32 pm

Id be surprised if its the box

Its likely the selector mechanism and the clutch

Perhaps find someone different? Where are you based?

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Post by DC_BS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:37 pm

The bloke who towed me back from Brighton said VW gearboxes are renowned for being s**t lol.

I could use someone else, just I trust the one who's done my cambelt, alternator MOT's and service.

I'm based in West London.

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Post by DC_BS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:44 pm

I think the main question I'm asking is it is worth doing the work, if something else goes next month then its just another hole in the wallet. I don't think I can keep doing that.

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Post by alexperkins » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:15 pm

Thats the big ask sadly. Its a shame its gonna die a death!

The diesel boxes are generally pretty tough due to the higher torque

Maybe time for a new polo and salvage what you can off this one :)

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Re: Busted gear box VW Polo 1.9 SDI

Post by DC_BS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:24 pm

Yeah if somehow I got a second hand gearbox and new clutch I could get another 100,000 miles out of it I reckon. The engine's are near enough bullet proof.

Then again I could experience similar problems with a newer car anyway.

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Re: Busted gear box VW Polo 1.9 SDI

Post by DC_BS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:59 pm

Hmm, there's an idea

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Re: Busted gear box VW Polo 1.9 SDI

Post by DC_BS » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:57 pm

If I want to get a new motor though what would be the minimum litre engine I'd want to do motorway driving? Won't be on them as much as before but will need to make the odd trip every month or so. It'll defo be less than 5000 miles a year, so diesel isn't economical.

Would a 1.4 litre cut motorway driving ok?

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