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hi guys, i recently purchesed a 1998 1.6se with 52k on the clock and FSH. ive read a few worrying posts about gearbox bearing shattering and cracking the casing after just 60,000 miles or so...

is this something to worry about? i take it vw will not fix this? is there any other problems with this engine/box?

thanks

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you can get repair kits, which i would recommend - my box went at 68k, cost me £1300 for recon box, clutch, labour & vat, and i was without my car for a week!
 

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repair kits? what u mean? do u have any more info? i take it its like an upgrade that i get done to the gear box now?
 

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do a search for gearbox repair kits on the forum or something see what it comes up with, wish i had known before i bought mine - i had it 9 days before the box went so i didnt know.

basically the rivets on the box arent very strong - im sure there is a repair kit for it - be worth looking on the forum for threads about it, or bump this post tomorrow when more people are awake
 

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ahha poo,

ur near me m8, im from bury. i rang north west clutches and transmission in bury today and asked him if he knew anything about it and he basically said that he has done absoutely loads of those boxes on the 1.6

he says some even do it at 20k

it depends, on how u drive, he says big wheels will make a big difference too, he wont guarantee a box with non std wheels on it. also lowering a car makes it worse too.

i asked him about the bolt kit and he said thats rubbish too, he said even the bolts break, the bolts arnt strong enough either, apparently hes done many boxes which had bolts fitted to them..

i asked about a recon box and he said it would be 640inc vat and he does a proper job, best guy in the area

to fit the bolt kit its 500 as u still gotta put new bearings on etc and its a long job, but he says it aint worth it.

i dont love my golf enough to keep it now, im selling it, dont want the hastle of breaking down or worrying every time i change the gears so im selling up.

good luck guys

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this has got me worried now. mine has done 62k and i dont think its had new one. i really cant afford to pay that if it goes. If it did goe i would be without a car for a couple of months or i'd have to cancel my trip to China.

Now I'm thinking of selling.[:(]
 

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same here m8, spent every penny on finding a nice golf and i theres no way id be able to aford a new box now ive become a student. and from what every one on this forum has said its certainly going to go some time. lol ive been driving like miss daisy around today and will be doing until i selll it :)
 

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I've bought the repair kit, I can't remember where I've put it, was planning to take pictures, I've got a ERT gearbox, 17" wheels, lowered, 42K on the clock and generally drive like a loon.

Sometimes I wonder when it'll go pop.
 

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shiuming, do you remember where you got it and how much.

I have an ERT and from my findings with have the better of the gearboxes, I'm still trying to find out if mines been done or a new one.

I do drive bit mad sometimes, but with my milegae everyday is scary for me!
 

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It's 8 bolts, 8 nuts and 4 washer plates. It's not a DIY job at all unless you don't mind spending several months with your car in bits. Take it to a gearbox specialist, not a general back street garage. More than likely they will have repaired several examples, this being such a common problem.
 

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Well bear in mind this is the final drive gear in your gearbox and is subject to some pretty high stresses... There's metal, and there's metal. VW chose a relatively useless and soft metal for the rivets, these bolts are stronger. I certainly wouldn't entrust any engine or transmission parts to generic nuts and bolts from your local B&Q.
 

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Hey guys,

I've got a 53 plate 1.6 16v, how can i tell if the car has the "old" soft rivets or new ones? will i need a repair kit or will it be ok as its one of the latter MATCH models??? i certainly don't want to pay 1.5k if it blows and would much rather spend 40 now on the repair kit.

Golfie1.6
 
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