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Hi,

The M32 gearbox in my SE has seized.

I got the van into my local garage, they have taken the gearbox out and sent it to a gearbox specialist in Devon who has said the box is dead and cannot be repaired. They have quoted me £995+vat for a replacement. :'(

I've previously had an M32 go on my last SE van at 40K!! which was replaced under warranty. I am well aware these gearboxes are made of cheese but I was previously led to believe it's the bearings which go so I assumed it would be possible to repair - Apparently not.

The gearbox did make a slight whining in 2nd and 6th before it locked up. I was driving at no more than 5mph over a very large speed bump when the box seized.

Does anyone have any suggestions of a reasonably priced supplier for a new or quality recon M32 box. I am keen to avoid an unknown box from ebay as just getting the box out and back in is expensive in itself.

Thanks in advance
Al
 

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£995+VAT for a complete replacement box with warranty is cheap. doubt you'll find a cheaper one anywhere else.

A mate had a frozen one for sale for around £750 but unsure if still for sale.
 

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Would be interested to know which gearbox specialist they sent it to in Devon. Looking more and more likely that I will have to get mine done but can't find anyone in southwest/ devon area to do it. Tempted to take a trip to Kent (WG place posted earlier)
 

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Not trying to hijack your thread but my Vx warranty is soon to expire. Should I update it to cover these shoddy gearboxes?
 

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could be well worth it, as long as the warranty will cover it, and will cost a lot less than the gear box.
 

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did u have any movement in the gearstick when it was whinning
I have movement in 1st and 6th (more in 1st then 6th). Girlfried says she can hear a whine when I'm on the power in 6th but I cant hear it. Its been moving for the last 6+months but I was planning on getting rid of the astra and going back to petrol.
 
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