I know there are some knowledgeable people on here so hoping for a bit of advice/guidance.
My car gearbox appears to be dead and needs replacing, the garage are quoting £1700 for new clutch and gearbox (Sounds expensive to me but I know next to nothing about cars and i haven’t spoken to them myself, the wife took the car in)
Now, the car is a 12 year old peugeot 207, the repair cost is probably the same as the car is worth. So a few questions:
Is it worth replacing the gearbox in an (otherwise mechanically sound) old car like mine. Seems like it might be getting into money pit territory but at least the gearbox/clutch shouldn’t be likely to go wrong again
Does £1700 seem the right ballpark for replacing the gearbox/clutch? I guess I’ll ring around some local places tomorrow for quotes.
If I decide to sack it off and just get a new car, is anyone likely to want to buy the old one to repair or would it likely just be scrap?
The gearbox is working but very, very stiff to change gear when cold. 3rd gear also feels a bit ‘misaligned’ in that it doesn’t really go smoothly from neutral into 3rd, i dropped it into first by mistake driving it to the garage yesterday, definitely worse than when i last drove it a week or so ago.
I haven’t spoken to the garage but they said to my wife it needs a new gearbox
Consider other major service items too such as cam chain/belt. If they’ve not been changed there’s another £500-£700 repair bill waiting. Scrap it, you’ll get around £300 if scrappy collects, maybe more if you drive it in. That gives you £2,000 for your next car and with 8,371 sub £2000 cars on AutoTrader you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Take it around a couple of gearbox specialists for alternative quotes before you scrap it.
A friend of mine paid £400 to have his ‘05 Scenic’s auto-box completely rebuilt. I thought he was mad spending that much on a car worth £1k max. But he went ahead and the rebuild was perfect. It gave the car five more years’ of life, and would be running still if some drunk scrote hadn’t ploughed into it in the middle of the night.