Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 20:35:32 -0400
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: Sensonic gearbox

If the sensonic is similar to the Geartronic currently found in the Volvos, it is not what you described. It is an automatic designed to allow "manual" upshifting only. The Geartronic is not any better at down shifting than any other automatic. I found the Geartronic was best left in Drive. John Wiggins wrote: > A young friend of mine is looking at a 1997 Saab 900 turbo, 78000 > miles, with sensonic gearbox. I think this is similar to Formula 1 car > gearchange where you manually select a gear but the clutch is operated > electromagnetically so there is no clutch pedal. I am told some Alphas > have these. I can imagine these are very expensive to repair or > replace. Why did Saab discontinue the use of this type of > semi-automatic gearbox. Anybody have any information please? Is this > going to be a problem on this age of vehicle? John (UK)

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