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Problems with 5 spd AT tranny


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Hello, 

 

I thought i would ask here before I take my car to the dealer in Timaru.

 

I have been having issues with my 5spd AT, its out an 08 Legacy GT, 2.0, SI drive etc etc. Car has done more than 200k kms.

 

So I noticed hard shifting up and down between 2 and 3 and hesitation in shifting from certain gears at certain times. Also seemed like changing from 2nd to 3rd resulted in far too few revs if you know what I mean, like the ratio was different from the rest. 

 

I took it to my mechanic who changed the fluid, but wasnt able to change the filter as he couldnt get the part. No flushing either. This seemed to fix the issue a wee bit for a while but the problem has returned and more. Now the box seems to change gear at random points, always seems to be in a rush to get to 5th. Throttle response is terrible, there is a delay from foot to engine of roughly a second or 2. Also, this weird thing where the car seems to change down half a gear when i am driving in manual or in 5th in Auto. That sounds weird, but say i am in 5th going up a hill, in manual, the car seems to change down half a gear to find more power but doesnt actually change gear, its still in 5th. Is that normal? It doesnt feel like a slip, more of a deliberate shift down. Oh and another thing, if i drive in manual and drive a bit harder, it changes gear anyway by itself. 

 

Would love to know if anyone has input or suggestions, I will be taking it to Timaru dealer for its recall soon enough and will have them look at it but I have a suspicion that the box is on it's way out. 

 

Cheers!!

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  • 1 month later...

I've had similar issues with my 5EAT, I was out in the middle of nowhere at it just started thunking when trying to change down (or up), eventually got it back to Winger in Hamilton and apparently it was the valve body. That's been replaced, but I'm not 100% sure it's fixed,.

 

My mate has the same car and had the same issue, he had the valve body replaced as well, but after a couple of months it started again and he ended up with a full gearbox rebuild.

 

We're both lucky we've got mechanical warranties, otherwise the valve body replacement is ~4k and I don't want to know what a gearbox rebuild costs, could be cheaper to just convert to 6sp and cert it.

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