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Some pics of some busted 'boxes !

Whilst having my brake discs and pads changed I had a look round dan's workshop ( purely a transmission 'shop ) and he had loads of busted vw mk4 golf 1.6 boxes left over..

I think these first four pics are where it pushes the clutch into the casing and punches a hole through..

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A temporary fix..

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what it does to the rivets..

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A bin of junked bits..

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Quite shocking that, innit ! [:O]
 

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Dan this should be the official info and repair thread... those pics are [+o(]

Well done for taking those. I'll take some pics of the VW repair kit ASAP.
 

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Dan this should be the official info and repair thread... those pics are [+o(]

Well done for taking those. I'll take some pics of the VW repair kit ASAP.
Changed the title at your recommendation shiu [Y]
 

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Well done mate

If you chaps would like i could take some pics of my old 1.6 gearbox and diff and put them up but looking at those pic?s i got away with a few cuts and bruses with my one lol

not quite as bad as those
 

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Well done mate

If you chaps would like i could take some pics of my old 1.6 gearbox and diff and put them up but looking at those pic?s i got away with a few cuts and bruses with my one lol

not quite as bad as those
Go for it mate [:D]
 

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Hi all,

Mine's gone and shred it's rivets too. luckily only the crown & diff are buggered and the casing is still ok. Still it's a £700 exc vat repair (which i was hoping too use to get the suspension upgraded/overhauled) with the VW fix kit at the local gbox specialist.

Anyone had any luck getting any money out of VW for this? After all the gearbox is obviously not fit for it's intended purpose.

Just to add I put a post in the FAQ common faults thread.
 

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What mileage is yours?

Good luck getting anything out of VW on this. They went halfway on window regulators and coil packs but seem to only help out if the gearbox is more or less destroyed (gears broken).

I've been considering buying a used gearbox and have that upgraded then fitted when this one goes, but you just don't know if that's been ragged. Mind you I give my car some proper wide open throttle, 2nd and 3rd gear overtakes at 5K.
 

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Hi Shiuming,

Mine went at 60k, however my wife mainly drives it and she drives like a fairy, I on the other hand follow the style of driving that you seem too. My advice to you would be to get the rivets out and the bolts in as soon as you can afford to, while it's still servicable, rather than waiting till it goes and possibly having to spend more.

The gbox specialist is Rims Engineering is in Teddington, they are charging me circa £700 ex vat, I'm picking it back up today, (not sure how this stacks up). Every garage I spoke to locally reccomended this place, even though it looks like a dodgy back alley place, the guy concern is well respected specialist and knows his stuff, even the VW dealership pushed us his way.

I'm really gutted because the I had the money ear marked for a suspension overhaul.
 

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Teddington... I wonder why I thought you were up north. So what was the turnaround on this?

My two VW places recommended Hardy Engineering in Leatherhead, also a highly respected gearbox specialist, and the price was about the same. I know where to get it done cheaper but it's bloody miles away and I was told the car would be out of action for 3 days!

Cars! [:mad:]
 

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It's a two day job, but they have a back log, so when ours went we had to wait for a slot for a week.

It's not so much the cars but the dodgy dealers & manufacturing standards they get away with that I don't like. I work for a pharmacuetical company and if we chucked out products with fundamental flaws in we'd be shut down (and have been for minor variations at some of our sites) in seconds.
 

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Teddington... I wonder why I thought you were up north. So what was the turnaround on this?

My two VW places recommended Hardy Engineering in Leatherhead, also a highly respected gearbox specialist, and the price was about the same. I know where to get it done cheaper but it's bloody miles away and I was told the car would be out of action for 3 days!

Cars! [:mad:]
It's not THAT far you big girl ! only down the M20 ! get a cheap hire car for a coupla days, then robert is your mothers brother !
 

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Speaking to the owner of that tranmission shop that I took those pictures at in june, he said they haven't had many recently, and they think the later models 02 (ish) onwards may have had the problem sorted.
 

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Wonder if there's a way to tell if a gearbox has the updated bolts instead of rivets without stripping the whole thing out?

Mine's a 2002 model year, but bought in mid-2001 [:^)]
 

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Shiuming, you'd hope that this would have prevailed with a different Gearbox code, rather than a date/site of production. I know from the other thread that yours isn't a DUU, but I'm not sure if it's only the DUU that has this problem.

I think the only people who'll really know are VW themselves without having to split the box open.
 

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Mine's ERT, and I know w16lam has had this code fail on his Bora. I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and get some kebab vouchers together to get this sorted [:(]
 

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OK picked up the car last night, and to be honest I'm shocked, only one rivet was left intact on mine and the diff bearings had completely been destroyed. I was very luckly the loose rivets hadn't found there way into and past the crown wheel teeth otherwise I could have kissed the good bye to nearly £2k.

Anyone with an early 1.6 Golf getting up to decent amount of mileage should have this checked out.

The guy at Rims Engineering was very good, proper mechanic who actually take things apart and fixes things rather than just chucking in a new one. Little two man op him and he's old man, The number of smashed up internals for Golf gboxes he had was a joke.
 
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