Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999 17:30:13 GMT
From: Josh Landess <>
Subject: Re: The Dreaded Transmission Repair

On Fri, 08 Oct 1999 21:55:41 +0200, Robert Brown <> = wrote: >The low whirring sound that you may hear (when in neutral and clutch = pedal not >pushed) is probably tolerable for a good many miles. I had a 99GL-1983 = that >started doing that at 120 000 km in 1989. Two weeks ago we sent the car = to the >junkyard ;-( at 285 000 km due to rust, nothing to do with gearbox. > >I'd be more concerned with vibrations and nasty noises whilst the car is= _in_ >gear and in motion. >Without hearing the sound to which you refer, it's hard to say, but I'd = suggest >that you go for a third and fourth opinion: Mechanics love to charge big= $ for >reconditioning gearboxes. Good luck, hope the problem is less serious = than you >think ;-) Hello Robert: This is the sort of response I was hoping for. By coming here, I'm sort = of half-way going to third and fourth opinions, because I think an = informal sampling here will help a lot. While my mechanic is not above feeling a healthy greed to be paid for a = job well-done, he has never yet steered me wrong. In fact, if he has a = fault, it is in being too respectful of my wallet. My instructions to = him have always been to treat the mechanical aspects of the car as if = they were his own, and to hell with the aesthetics. Having said this, my concern is that he might be not be raising the alarm= loud enough. Lastly, doing the math, my car appears to be in the 240k kilometer range = and has been driven, for the last 30k, by a fairly aggressive and = mechanically clueless shift-master (moi). So, in some ways, we have been= down similar roads. I think that I will have the work done within the next few weeks, as I = don't want to be on a long trip and worrying about it. jl

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