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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 14th August 2017, 13:33 Thread Starter
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I have an Antara 184 SE AWD Manual in Carbon Black, which Ive had since it was 12 months old, and it is a great family car. It has been really reliable so far, only requiring service parts etc.

I had my first major breakdown a couple of weeks back, and it was a costly one!

I had just returned from a lengthy drive back from the Lakes (to Northants) and as I came off the M1 and on to the A road home, the car jumped out of 3rd gear with a bit of a bang. Obviously quite worrying but I wondered if it was because of the lengthy drive and gearbox getting hot. I limped it home and tried it again in the morning but it was still jumping out of gear under heavy acceleration. I had a sneaking suspicion that this was going to be a worn synchromesh gear.....and hence costly.

I dropped the car into the VX dealer later that day and they did a test drive. Fortunately for me, the gearbox fully packed up on the test drive and they ended up rolling it straight into the workshop. I ended up returning home in the Danetre courtesy car, which I kept for 2 weeks whilst the gearbox was rebuilt. I also had a new clutch and flywheel fitted as the gearbox was out of the car and, with 50k on the clock, it was probably worth doing.

Anyway - for those that may have a similar issue, the important thing to note was the cost, which surprised me slightly. The gearbox rebuild was 600 and the clutch/flywheel was 700. With parts and labour, the total bill came to over 2k so was one that required a stiff drink.

Hope this doesn't happen to you (the guys at the VX dealer advised that this isn't a common issue). I have since heard that the M32 gearbox has a few issues along these lines so probably one to keep an eye on.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 14th August 2017, 14:27
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Sorry to hear about your trouble and the expense it ran you. btw are you sure you have the M32 gearbox? I think it's miore likely you have the F40 box which is rated for 400 Nm engine torque, the M32 is only rated for 320.

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