Date: 27 Sep 2006 02:37:09 -0700
Subject: Re: Gear Grinding

I have a similar problem which developed very recently on my '93 classic 900 T16S convertible. This is a synchro failure on the change into 2nd, which is very difficult to adapt to since that change tends to be a fairly quick and aggressive one, even in day-to-day driving. I'm having an oil stabiliser added on Friday - this is apparently derived from some Formula 1 technology and "adds lubricity" - and there's a hope that this'll ease the sticking and settle the 'box down for another few thousand miles. Otherwise, I'm into a new gearbox - =A32,000+ and =A3700 labour at a guess - or a reconditioned one - very hard to find with low mileage and T16S ratios, I'm told and I'm still in for =A31,500 or more including labour. Last option is to buy my friend's T8 classic for a grand and cannibalise the gearbox from that: slightly different ratios, but you'd get away with it - but bonkers labour to remove it from one car and put into the other. Alternatively sell mine as a project and switch into his... I'm no mechanic, but it seems crazy that there isn't a solution under =A31,000 for one minor mechanical glitch on a car that is otherwise running like a dream. Oh, and mine's always coughed into reverse unless at almost zero revs...

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