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hey guys, ive got a 1.6SE 2001 Yreg 105bhp 16V golf.

im really worried about the gearbox problems with the 1.6's

so far ive not had any trouble but im approaching 45K mileage and ive saved up money for coilovers. however, i really don't want to spend now, risking the fact the gearbox could break down rendering the car useless without more money being spent for repair or new gearbox [:S]

can anyone tell me if this is a problem on only certain model versions and if theres anyway i can find out before the whole thing breaks down and damages other parts.

any help or suggestion are appreciated, cheers B
 

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You're gonna have to bite the bullet and get a gearbox specialist to open it up to see if the repair kit is needed, and if so then fit it ASAP. Coilovers can wait. After that you'll have a solid runner for many years to come [Y]
 

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Going to have to back Shiu on that one! [;)] Get that box checked out ASAP! you dont want to make a costly mistakelike me! [:^)]
 

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right i'll have to getr that done. took me all summer to save up for coilovers aswell [:(]

anyone know how much its going to cost to get a mechanic to look at it? I saw something about RIMs engineering, and they're not too far from me (North London)
 

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Hi,

Just got rims engineering to do mine after it shred it's rivets a 60k miles, phone your local VW Dealer and see if they know of a local specialist, it's obviously not an uncommon problem and they may have referred other customers on. Failing that talk to your local garages see if they can recommend anyone.

The only reason I used Rims was because they were local to me, I'm happy so far (touch wood) they they've done a good job, it cost £822(inc vat) and I've got a 12mth 12k warrantee. The guy was very personable and obviously a complete expert on gear boxes. That said only time will tell if they've done a good enough job.
 

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i havent had any problems yet. if i pay someone to open up and look at the gearbox i might aswell get them to do the job at the same time?

spoke to rims engineering, very helpful. The guy there said i should go easy and wait for any first sign of trouble, because its difficult to spend so much money on fixing a problem that is not there....YET. the car is on 44K at the moment so hopefully nothing will happen any time soon. guess i just got to stop taking it to 6000rpm before i change gears!! guess i'll also save money on petrol that way! also i guess spending money on wheels and coilovers etc...i should take more care with my driving. pity it wnt be as much fun! still having the car looking the way i want will make me happy.

any more advice will be appreciated guys. cheers B
 

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You change at 6K that's mental!

The thing is you don't know if it needs fixing (if it has rivets instead of bolts, it will need pre-emptive fixing unless you want to wait for it to go bang, and that WILL be expensive) until you open it. You might find that the guy opens it and sees it is already fitted with bolts instead of rivets, so at that point you know nothing needs fixing. It's the not knowing that does my head in. Still saving those kebab vouchers...
 

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the guy told me that it WILL have rivets, that only the larger engines have differentials with bolts.

its going to cost in the region of £800 for the repair kit to be installed alonf with new bearings etc, i thought a new gearbox is around £1000 anyway...so not much difference in price.

yeah i have sometimes changed at 6K....not all the time.only rarely though.not an everday occurence or anything.but i often change around 4kish
 

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want my advise? get yourself a warranty and then your covered for anything, 1 year warranty should be around £200-£300

a lot less than £800, wouldnt u agree
 

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okay okay i wont change at anything above 4k anymore!! lol. hey...i cant afford insurance on any of the quicker models! still i guess ive grown up now and realised that although fun, its not going to do the car any good!
warranty on a 5year old car, where do i buy this?! wont having coilovers void the warranty?

p:s changing at <4000rpm from now on has just made my 1.6 feel like a 1.0 :( oh well.
 

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warranty direct

i got a quote or around 200 ish on a 130 gt-tdi

do a quote now

and yeah stop changing at 6! theres no point

i change at 3 max sometimes a little more but most of the time i change at every 10mph
 

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the guy told me that it WILL have rivets, that only the larger engines have differentials with bolts.
Mo's 1.8T recently had exactly the same problem, rivets on the diff came off - lucky he was doing low speed and it just stalled the car and bent some gears/shafts.
 

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Mines on 95k and the gearbox has never busted, unless it was done before i purchased it.

Just another bs problem that will no doubt force me to ditch it all in and buy a fiesta.
 

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oh man...im afriad to go and open the doors now!

why oh why did i love the sight of redline! lol

warrant direct-gold policy covers:

TRANSMISSION (Manual, Automatic and Overdrive)

Manual Transmission: gears, synchromesh hubs & rings, s electors,
shafts, bearings, drive chains plus gearlever and bushes.
Automatic
Transmission: torque converters, brake bands, valve block, governor
(manual & electric) oil pump and seals, drive chains, gears, input
shaft oil seal, clutches, servos and modulator valve, bearings plus
gearlever and bushes. Overdrive: Gears, shafts and bearings.

doesnt say anything about diffs?

i cant believe ive worked all summer for coilovers only to spend it on this
 

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damn! i change at round 3-4k MAX!
Well it's OK to rev the thing a bit, after all it's a 16V, but the point is at 6K you're well out of puff anyway so you're slowing progress! I think the best thing to use is your senses. Once you feel the push in the back easing off then shift up.
 

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i cant believe ive worked all summer for coilovers only to spend it on this
That's the problem with cars mate, they all have problems, some worse than others, and some people have better luck than others, too. This is why the boring old fart in me always advises new drivers to set aside some cash for maintenance and repairs instead of blowing the lot on the car, big wheels and stuff that for a first car really doesn't matter. Think of it this way: when your mates or other people in your position who haven't budgeted for repairs and stuff are sitting with a busted car on big rims and a wacky paint job or body kit, you'll be motoring along nice and smooth. Then who will be cooler and feeling more smug? [;)][Y]
 

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thanks for all the advice.

well the thing is, my car is not busted (touch wood). there arent any problems when i change gears.

im only worried about what might or might not happen in the future. i mean spending £200-£300 now to prevent a £1000 expense later on makes sense and id do it this week!

but its not going to cost a few hundred. ive been quoted almost £800
 

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i cant believe ive worked all summer for coilovers only to spend it on this
That's the problem with cars mate, they all have problems, some worse than others, and some people have better luck than others, too. This is why the boring old fart in me always advises new drivers to set aside some cash for maintenance and repairs instead of blowing the lot on the car, big wheels and stuff that for a first car really doesn't matter. Think of it this way: when your mates or other people in your position who haven't budgeted for repairs and stuff are sitting with a busted car on big rims and a wacky paint job or body kit, you'll be motoring along nice and smooth. Then who will be cooler and feeling more smug? [;)][Y]
i apprecate what you saying shiuming [:)], but i put on 18's and plan to lower it on coilovers not to make myself look cool, not because of what other people will think of me, but because its what i want to have.Because its the look i like and i want to see in my drive! [:p]

5 tone paint job, limo tints, loud exhaust, wide arch winged bodykits. i know pople who like that and have spent thousands on that on a Saxo or Punto (that breaks down all the time) for example...but im not exactly doing that.
 
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