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Cannot find anyone to replace gearbox

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by Disco-Ben, Sep 11, 2019.

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  1. Disco-Ben

    Disco-Ben New Member

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    Hi

    I’m new to the forum, but have read quite a few posts on here over the last few weeks.

    I recently bought a Discovery TD5 Auto. The gearbox has decided to give up after a few weeks and so I now have no drive.

    I am looking for someone or a place who can fit a new box either from Ashcroft gearboxes or supply and fit.

    I’m near cambridge.

    Currently I cannot find anyone who will take it on, as they say it will take up the ramp for too long.

    Any help and suggestions are much appreciated.

    thanks
    Ben
     
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    Shimsteriom Purveyor of LZ Caps

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    Welcome :)

    Speak to Ashcrofts and they might be able to recommend a local garage, they did for me when I recently bought one of their boxes.
     
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    discool Well-Known Member

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    Ashcrofts have a list of approved fitting garages, the best part is the replacement gearbox box will be sent to them so waiting for your vehicle when it arrives... so I’m told :)
     
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    Shimsteriom Purveyor of LZ Caps

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    That's exactly what I did
    They sent my new gearbox all the way up to Kendal for me.
     
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    Disco-Ben New Member

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    Thanks for the quick response’s.

    I should have mentioned that I had already done that. They suggested mr4x4 in St Ippolyts.

    He is the only one out of 10 plus calls that said will do it. But he wants £800 + VAT. Which would put the total cost around £2000. The same amount I payed for the disco. Is this a good price?

    How much did you pay for yours to be swapped if you don’t mind me asking?
     
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    Shimsteriom Purveyor of LZ Caps

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    I paid £440 to have mine fitted and they also did a couple of smaller jobs at the same time.
     
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    It must be a two job plus the oil, so that’s much better than £800 and plus the £160 vat :( someone has to do a bit of shopping around.
     
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    £800 and plus the £160 vat :( someone has to do a bit of shopping around.
    Of course there other auto box suppliers that also fit.
     
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    If you're paying then whats the big deal on how long it sits on the ramps?

    You paid 2k for a D2 with a hooky tranny (oooh err :eek:) you got stitched up like a kipper lolz

    Be easier to rag it round Marshalls in St Ives and burn it out for the insurance surely?

    Either that or Try EC auto care in Bottisham they do road side recovery an all sorts there, well, they used to lol
     
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    If the garage only has two ramps, but has full order book for day to day servicing and MOTs then it is a big deal for owner, for them it would tie up a ramp for the duration of a auto box on a disco. Not a good business decision to turn away existing customers.
     
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    Did they give an indication of how long it would take them?
     
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    there is loads of indi's look and you shall see, James martin in louth he might know someone near ya
     
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    What are the symptoms of the autbox?
     
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    You don't say in what way the gearbox has given up. It may be an easy fix, often it is an electrical problem rather than a mechanical problem in the box itself. Tell us what the symptoms are and what you have tried to do to fix it.
     
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    Hi Ben, there is a good place just up the A1198 of wich the name escapes me at the moment, although not used it myself, its on the right hand side just as you turn to go towards Bourn. I`m local to you in Fowlmere & have hawkeye too, should you need to check any codes out.

    Dan.
     
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    Ben, if I was you I'd take up Dan's offer. yo may well find that replacing the box is not your only solution.
    You might want to tell us the symptoms, the problem may well not be mechanical. There are tons of threads on here about dodgy gearboxes where the problem turned out to be electrical.
     
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