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   Old Thread  #12 24 Jan 2024 at 9.01pm    Login    Register
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What ever it is I bet it's either Yellow or Pink
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   Old Thread  #11 24 Jan 2024 at 6.43pm    Login    Register
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No save the planet type, Kia picanto, Honda jazz or Toyota Aygo.
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   Old Thread  #10 24 Jan 2024 at 9.31am    Login    Register
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Not too sure on that one. Unless he keeps his hunting, shooting, fishing etc a secret then a Range Rover might be more in keeping with those pursuits assuming he wants to be part of the ďin crowdĒ.
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   Old Thread  #9 23 Jan 2024 at 7.31pm  2  Login    Register
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It wont be a 4x4, he's a teacher so it will be a 2CV, Nissan Leaf or a Ford Fiasco.
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   Old Thread  #8 22 Jan 2024 at 8.46am    Login    Register
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If itís a 4x 4 they often road test them to test the brakes with an de accelerometer. ( the old way ). The problem used to be transmission wind up years ago with the old basic systems but now things are more complicated.
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   Old Thread  #7 22 Jan 2024 at 0.26am    Login    Register
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Apparently when they had driven it

Why would they need to drive it?

You drive it to the MOT centre and all they do is take it off you and drive it a few yards to the test area. The only other driving they do is when they test the brakes.
Then they drive it an area where you pick it up, where I go that's only a few yards.
Other than that, that's all the car my car is driven.

I know how cars work but I'm not a mechanic. All I can think of is they've done something catastrophic when testing the brakes, even then I'm having trouble thinking what is it they've done.

Sorry, I know I haven't helped in giving you any answers, as already mentioned they have you by the short and curlies.
Perhaps the gearbox was already on it's way out? and if you are like me in my older age your driving has softened with age, and as soon as the gearbox took some stick it failed?

If the garage are not rip off merchants then hopefully they will treat this fairly.
If not tell us the name of the garage and we'll get the rest of Carpforum to give them 1 star reviews.

Did the car pass the MOT? It might give an indication that the gearbox failed after the brake test or before it or during it.
Why not ask at what stage during the MOT did the gearbox fail.
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   Old Thread  #6 21 Jan 2024 at 11.02pm  1  Login    Register
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I don't see why they'd need to drive the car if the job was a simple bulb replacement.
Yes, they'd need to move it around their garage/forecourt....but not what I would call DRIVE.

I always take a photo of my mileage, being a van I am always suspicious it will get used for a few days to do odd jobs whilst they have it. Paranoia possibly, but I have had friends say it's happened to them.

One friend (many years ago at Uni) needed something done to his Fiesta. Next thing he gets a call and one of the 'grease monkeys' had decided to use it for hand brake turns on the ice in the car park.....slid it sideways into a curb and 'folded' 2 of the wheels.

Week after week I hear nightmare stories of businesses not providing a decent service. It's very rare nowadays to find someone who cares about their work.

p.s. If they're offering to take it apart and look at it, I would be suspicious that they are feeling a bit guilty about something
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   Old Thread  #4 21 Jan 2024 at 8.31am    Login    Register
Always make a note of the mileage when dropping a car off for a service.

Take a picture.

In your case ask them for all the broken parts when the gear box job is completed. Tell him itís for your lads college engineering project.
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   Old Thread  #3 20 Jan 2024 at 5.55pm    Login    Register
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Cant see them covering any costs apart from something off the labour.

Got your car (in bits) so they also have you by the short and curleys.
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   Old Thread  #2 20 Jan 2024 at 3.39pm  1  Login    Register
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It is unusual for gearboxes to Ďjustí fail.
Is this garage an independent one ?

They can fail through lack of maintenance, sometimes garages forget / neglect to do it.
Depending on manufacturer the oil for gesrboxes gets changed around 50K miles
Itís decent of them to offer to look at it, though clearly itís not like you can just take it away should you suspect foul play.
If they come back and say itís on top of the gearbox and it turns out itís a broken selector it could be someone has put in the wrong gear.
I guess all you can is wait for them to come back with diagnosis.
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   Old Thread  #1 20 Jan 2024 at 1.13pm    Login    Register
Afternoon all

Can anyone let me know where I stand on this?

Dropped off my car for mot on Thursday morning. Needed a bulb replaced so no big deal and expected a call back to pick up after work

Call comes in at end of the day. Apparently when they had driven it, the gearbox has failed. Cables etc all fine so its inside the box.

Now.... it was all OK when I dropped it off. Been happily driving around in it with no issues.

They're not rip off merchants. I've used them for a while.

Just spoke to the mechanic and he's going to take the box out and look.

Should they be covering the costs?
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