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#1 2011-12-30 15:17:09

Bryan
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How's your transmission holding up?

Inspired by a new member...how's your clutch, transmission, differential holding up?  Have you needed to repair, service, or replace any of the drivetrain components outside of normal service interval?  What's your driving style?  How many miles on it when you did work (if you had to), how many miles on now?


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#2 2011-12-30 15:19:28

Bryan
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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

128,000-ish miles, Amsoil fluids after 3k break-in, and met intervals since.  No problems, anywhere, original clutch still feels brand new.  I'm an aggressive driver with a 2.5i.


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#3 2011-12-30 15:27:12

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

I needed a new clutch at 27,000 miles when I was Stage 1.  unamused

Prior to that I had gone to the drag strip with it several times, autox'd it for a couple of seasons, and did lots of launches at ~5k rpms. The car now has about 85k miles on it, with the second clutch holding up fine now that it's my dad's car. The tranny hasn't needed work yet, but I don't like how it feels and how it resists going into some gears, so who knows how long it'll last.


Had: 2005 92x Aero 14.5 @ 94, Stage 1
Totaled: 2008 K04 GTI 13.7 @ 102
Has: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 KW V3, Ferrita downpipe, DO88 FMIC, 13.1 @ 101
1997 Cadillac DeVille a.k.a. The Marshmallow Warhammer D'Elegance 15.2 @ 92

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#4 2011-12-30 15:36:45

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

Third owner of the car.  0-30k, orignial owner.  30k-42k, second owner.  42k-60k, me.  I'm pretty easy on it.  I wind out gears here and there, mostly bc I think it's actually good for the car to use its full range, but I'm not banging out gears and dropping the clutch. Clutch and transmission feel good, with never a grind or anything like that.

FWIW, in my tenure of about ~230k miles with manual transmission cars I've never replaced a clutch... Knock on wood.


05 MT, cold, sport...black

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#5 2011-12-30 15:53:33

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

85k on mine. Original clutch and trans. No issues.

Still can pop it into first while rolling to a stop.

Does the 5th to 3rd aggressive downshift strain the trans very badly? I probably do that once or twice a month.  shifty

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#6 2011-12-30 16:12:14

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

Original transmission and new clutch at 87k when the engine was out.  BUT, I really didn't need a new clutch...  Looked like it easily had another 87k in it.

I'm the second owner and I feel the first owner beat the shit out of the car on occasion.  Strangely the transmission (particularly gear engagement) feels better and better the longer I own it.  I treat it to quality fluids (diff too) and ALWAYS double-clutch AND rev match my down shifts...  It probably makes no difference  but it's the way I was tought and was completely necessary on my first shitty car.

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#7 2011-12-30 16:16:35

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

OE everything, 98,000 miles, no issues.  My sixth sense tells me a clutch is in my near future even though it isn't slipping, but hopefully I'm wrong.

Oh, and I drive like a grandpa most of the time, with launches every now and then but never aggressive shifts. Mobil 1 diff and transmission fluid.

Last edited by kornfeld (2011-12-30 16:35:50)


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#8 2011-12-30 16:19:12

thymighty
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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

I have a 4EAT, but wanted to see the results.  I voted original clutch/no issues.

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#9 2011-12-30 16:30:33

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

I replaced my clutch with an upgraded ACT HD street clutch, pressure plate, and through in an exedy flywheel way back at 15k miles. When I swapped the JDM drive train I took out the stock stuff and put the same combo in. Now I'm around 37,000 and definitely had it slip on a few 4th gear pulls while tuning for e85. I guess 400+ wtq and 255 width tires stress a clutch.

I never had any trouble with the 5MT and r160, definitely no issues with the 6MT and r180. Even when using launch control.


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Factory Five 818S - Rough as sandpaper EJ255

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#10 2011-12-30 17:18:12

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

67k on my '06 Aero, feels good both diff and trans.

At the 60k maintenance, replaced fluids with Motul, then added Group-N mount, TiC crossmember bushings and Kartboy shifter bushings about 1-2k later. Definite improvement with just the fluid.


2006 Aero 5MT
1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE-"earned a reputation as being both remarkably swift and stubbornly unreliable."

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#11 2011-12-30 17:19:27

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

gsl-se wrote:

67k on my '06 Aero, feels good both diff and trans.

At the 60k maintenance, replaced fluids with Motul, then added Group-N mount, TiC crossmember bushings and Kartboy shifter bushings about 1-2k later. Definite improvement with just the fluid.

Awesome.

But the Crew still sucks.


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#12 2011-12-30 17:19:36

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

45K, all OEM


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#13 2011-12-30 17:29:50

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

Car currently has 92k.  I had to replace the OEM clutch around ~80k I think.  Transmission and diffs feel just as good as when new.  I have autocrossed the car maybe 12-15 times.

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#14 2011-12-30 17:33:49

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

Currently have 166k on my 05 Aero 5MT. Still on my stock clutch, with no slippage banana Transmission and diff are still good, there is an odd noise when I am in reverse (not sure what it is), but its been like this for a while and seems to be fine, I just baby reverse. Going on Monday to get some new fluid for the tranny and diffs, want to keep everything working nice.

I am the second owner since around 160k miles, original owner did pretty much all highway driving going from NJ to VT multiple times in the winter for snowboarding.

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#15 2011-12-30 19:12:52

MorganH
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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

New transmission and clutch at 53k replaced under warranty. It was grinding. Dealer covered it all. Holding up thus far.


- '06 9-2x Aero - 5MT - Arctic Silver - Made the way it should have been.

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#16 2011-12-30 21:08:44

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

130k, Original clutch, no issues. Stupidly (though out of $$$ concerns) did not replace it when doing the engine swap. Should have just because it was already apart.


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2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000S DS, Stage broken
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#17 2011-12-30 21:30:16

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

Where's the poll for 4eat guys?

Complete OEM rebuild done at 50K 

(not so reliable now is it)


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2014 VW Passat S 1.8 TSI
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#18 2011-12-30 23:23:28

Trev
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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

91k km's and still all original (including the stutter/shudder on pickup -- I suspect that came from a couple of hard test drives before I got the car)

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#19 2011-12-31 02:08:57

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

eurospek wrote:

Where's the poll for 4eat guys?

Complete OEM rebuild done at 50K 

(not so reliable now is it)

My 4eat has 85k OEM, but it has a rough transition from 2nd to 3rd, jumps (lurches) a little from time to time. Checked fluid level, all good. So, waiting for the worst.


2005 Brilliant Red Saab 9-2x Aero: 4EAT, Invidia, Grimmspeed, Magnaflow, Tuned by Motion Lab Tuning, Samco, Whiteline, Kartboy, DBA4000, Hawk HPS, All-weather cargo tray and floor mats, acoustic bass fits perfectly, and her name is Foxy.
2004 Lexus ES330 (wife's ride)
2002 Subaru Outback-decommissioned

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#20 2011-12-31 02:13:34

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

Anyone wanna email Aggie and get his input on this?


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#21 2011-12-31 12:21:22

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

GP2001 wrote:

... there is an odd noise when I am in reverse (not sure what it is)...

Is it a loudish pop, rattle, or rapid-thudding?  Can you feel it in your seat?

If so, check the downpipe bracket that anchors to the transmission.  If it's loose or broken, the downpipe will rattle against the transmission support/crossmember in reverse.

Sorry, I know it's off topic but I wanted to throw that out there in case that's what's occurring in your case ('cause it took me an eternity to figure it out when it happened to me)

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#22 2011-12-31 12:39:31

GP2001
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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

theleveler wrote:

GP2001 wrote:

... there is an odd noise when I am in reverse (not sure what it is)...

Is it a loudish pop, rattle, or rapid-thudding?  Can you feel it in your seat?

If so, check the downpipe bracket that anchors to the transmission.  If it's loose or broken, the downpipe will rattle against the transmission support/crossmember in reverse.

Sorry, I know it's off topic but I wanted to throw that out there in case that's what's occurring in your case ('cause it took me an eternity to figure it out when it happened to me)

It is a blend between a rattle/thud/scraping noise. What you are describing sounds like it could be the case, I'll check it out. Thanks!

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#23 2011-12-31 16:37:14

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

GP2001 wrote:

It is a blend between a rattle/thud/scraping noise

OH YEAH... I definitely suggest checking that bracket/bolt!  That's a great description of what mine sounded like smile.  And like you said, I could feather it real lightly and it wouldn't "activate" the noise... the car had to shift it's weight in order to produce the sound.

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#24 2011-12-31 17:01:01

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

kornfeld wrote:

Anyone wanna email Aggie and get his input on this?

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#25 2011-12-31 17:27:09

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Re: How's your transmission holding up?

So far, so good for me, with no major issues with clutch, diff or trans.

I sometimes need to double clutch to get into reverse and down shifting to first also requires gentle persuasion. I do sometimes get the infamous diff whine but that's about it.


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