Was on the A3M this morning on the way to work and try to change down from 5th to 4th to overtake and get horrible graunching from the gearbox and then can't select any gear. Cruise over to the side of the road and the gearbox is really stiff and the only selectable gear is reverse, which works fine. Of course didn't renew my AA cover 3 months ago as I haven't needed them in 5 years of membership - Doh!
So Ł140 later and I'm being towed to the garage. They think it could just be the linkage.
The gearbox is only 5 years old as the original eventually imploded.
Just replaced the cheapy ebay front control arms for proper Meyle ones in May (plus 2 new tyres, distorted not worn), June had me forking out for 2 new CAT's as they'd disintegrated, July was ABS controller and now this. If it's the gearbox again I'm looking at Ł1,200 for a fitted recon & new clutch. Anyone know if it's likely to be just the linkage?
Had noticed that changing from 5th to 4th was getting tricky recently, but all other gear changes were fine.
Find out tomorrow how many kidneys I'll need to sell to keep it on the road. I know I should have traded it a year ago but I've invested too much now - big mistake. Ironically I'd just changed the rear diff oil at the weekend, so I think the gearbox got the hump and threw it's toys out of its pram.