Manual Transmission??

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Taxman
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Manual Transmission??

Unread post by Taxman » March 6th, 2010, 12:03 am

As some of you may know I have been having trouble with my automatic transmission for some time. Every so called transmission specialist I see tells me it is something different and the quoted prices range from a couple of hundred to almost as much as the vehicle is insured for. If I was to pay each of these 'experts' what they want I would probably have to sell the house with no guarantee that they will be able to deliver. Not having a reliable vehicle is losing me work as well as preventing me from enjoying my weekends on my brothers farm in the southern highlands of NSW. I have to get it back on the road as soon as possible.

I had a mechanic suggest that I ditch the automatic transmission and replace it with a manual one. He is of the opinion that it would be more reliable and be better off road with the manual box.

I would be interested to know if anyone has done this and :-
  • how difficult was it?
  • how does the vehicle perform as a manual?
  • how much did it cost?
  • how long did it take?
  • does the computer have to be changed?
  • are such items readily available from wreckers?

Sorry to be asking so many questions but I believe it is better to seek informed advice rather than jump willy-nilly into something that could end up costing an arm and a leg and then finish up with something that wont work.
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Unread post by 98fex » March 6th, 2010, 12:16 am

Taxman wrote:As some of you may know I have been having trouble with my automatic transmission for some time. Every so called transmission specialist I see tells me it is something different and the quoted prices range from a couple of hundred to almost as much as the vehicle is insured for. If I was to pay each of these 'experts' what they want I would probably have to sell the house with no guarantee that they will be able to deliver. Not having a reliable vehicle is losing me work as well as preventing me from enjoying my weekends on my brothers farm in the southern highlands of NSW. I have to get it back on the road as soon as possible.

I had a mechanic suggest that I ditch the automatic transmission and replace it with a manual one. He is of the opinion that it would be more reliable and be better off road with the manual box.

I would be interested to know if anyone has done this and :-
  • how difficult was it?
  • how does the vehicle perform as a manual?
  • how much did it cost?
  • how long did it take?
  • does the computer have to be changed?
  • are such items readily available from wreckers?
Sorry to be asking so many questions but I believe it is better to seek informed advice rather than jump willy-nilly into something that could end up costing an arm and a leg and then finish up with something that wont work.
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Unread post by 98fex » March 6th, 2010, 12:30 am

Taxman wrote:As some of you may know I have been having trouble with my automatic transmission for some time. Every so called transmission specialist I see tells me it is something different and the quoted prices range from a couple of hundred to almost as much as the vehicle is insured for. If I was to pay each of these 'experts' what they want I would probably have to sell the house with no guarantee that they will be able to deliver. Not having a reliable vehicle is losing me work as well as preventing me from enjoying my weekends on my brothers farm in the southern highlands of NSW. I have to get it back on the road as soon as possible.

I had a mechanic suggest that I ditch the automatic transmission and replace it with a manual one. He is of the opinion that it would be more reliable and be better off road with the manual box.

I would be interested to know if anyone has done this and :-
  • how difficult was it?
  • how does the vehicle perform as a manual?
  • how much did it cost?
  • how long did it take?
  • does the computer have to be changed?
  • are such items readily available from wreckers?
Sorry to be asking so many questions but I believe it is better to seek informed advice rather than jump willy-nilly into something that could end up costing an arm and a leg and then finish up with something that wont work.
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Re: Manual Transmission??

Unread post by rimshot » March 6th, 2011, 8:59 pm

Hi there if this helps Ive been told the auto is the same as the EB to EL and you only need to change the bell housing.. Like i said i was only told this and im yet to do 1 myself. Ask around and see if you get told the same thing. but please dont ask the so called auto pro's there not going to tell you that you can save upto $6000 doing it....

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