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Old 06-01-2003, 01:43 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Fluke? or what???

Wife had the Wagon (98 GT/5-spd) over to Healdsberg (NoCal) for a wedding, and me looking forward to a nice weekend bach-ing it, and I get a call Sat morning. Subie shifter "feels funny, clunky-clanky" when she gets ready to leave the Motel. So, I grab some tools and head out for the 135 mile trip, with visions of the shift-bushing nut&washer being gone/loose. Even stopped at a nearby dealer to get the hardware just in case, not in stock of course! But don't wanna get started on why they can't stock a simple nut probably used 50 times on the car!

Anyway, crawl under the car to find the shifter control rod, the one that holds the bushings in a ring on one end, BROKEN!!! Weld separated! Call to same local dealer, "go ahead and tow it in, but don't know when we'll be able to get to it"! So, nice ride home in a flat-bed at $6/mile You do the math!!! No, I didn't buy the "plus" towing coverage from AAA

Has anyone else ever had this part fail???? Not in stock at my local dealer either, of course! Car's probably down for most of the week. Now at home with NO CAR!!!

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Old 06-01-2003, 02:53 PM   #2
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OUCH.
I have never heard that one in ANY car.
Is your wife drag racing ricers when you are not around? (j/k) Could you just get it rewelded? Sounds like a short term solution.
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Old 06-01-2003, 03:56 PM   #3
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Charlie, Pretty funny, but actually the wife is very easy on the car, short-shifting it most of the time!! If I run it up past 5K I'm accused of RACING!!! Thankfully, she's not always with me when I'm driving "her" car!! Problem with getting the repairs done on a Sat in a small rural community too damn far from home to do anything but drag it home, leaving my car with the Ladies (wife and sis-in-law) Couldn't see staying a few more nights in the motel, or more from the attitude of the Santa Rosa dealership "service" guy, and taking the trime off to wait, or come back to retrieve it. I'd rather deal with my local guys if I can, as far as take-backs, warranties, and the like.

Funny though, I was sitting in the shady grass out front waiting for my ride, and up pulls a mini-van and the guy asks if the GT is mine. We chatted a bit to find out it was a fella on this board, Chris, that works there, with a WRX Wagon. Liked my car and listened to me whine and cry for a minute. Nice to have the support at a time like that!!

Now I find out my folks have the long-tow coverage, and I coulda saved about $600!! WAHHH!! Think I'm gonna be sick!

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Old 06-02-2003, 12:07 AM   #4
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Damn Glenn that blows. I dont know how you could have handled that better unless you had access to a portable welder, thats not a quick part to replace IIRC. On the bright side maybe you can upgrade to an STi shifter in lieu of going back with a stock setup.

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Old 06-02-2003, 01:02 AM   #5
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Great idea ss, but after that expense I'm probably lucky to afford OEM!!! Gonna go to bat with AAA tomorrow to see if they'll cover it on my Dad's policy and rebate me $600 but I think it'll be like pi$$in' in the wind!! Worth a try after being a customer since '75 though!! Thanks for the support guys. It does blow.

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Old 06-05-2003, 06:07 PM   #6
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Update. Must be a very rare failure cuz there were a grand total of 2 of the part in the entire US of A!!! Supposed to pick her up this evening. Curious to see the broken weld in the light of day.

Yep, struck out with AAA too! Don't think I haven't asked myself a thousand what if's! SuperGlue? JB Weld? Friend with a truck and trailer? Could have bought a lot of mods with all that cash$$ Just about a done deal. Sorry to rant.

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Old 06-09-2003, 03:31 AM   #7
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Glenn,

Dayam! Talk about getting it in threes. You have to drive 135 miles to assess the damange (when you were supposed to be bach'in it), you have to spend $600 bucks to truck it home, and then you have to wait a week to get the replacement part. I guess in a that if the old saying is true that things come in threes is true, then you've got smooth sailing ahead for a while.

Hope it all works out for you. Are you planning to weld up the old one as a hot spare? Might be nice to know that someone on the board has temporary replacement should this happen again. How many miles on your Sube?

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Old 06-09-2003, 04:45 PM   #8
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Well Dale, Nobody ever called me "Lucky", and I can see why!!
On the old part , the weld pulled out, actually tearing out a section of the "ring" that holds the bushings, making it a "C"!! At least I know I'd have been wasting my time, and damaging the bushings most likely, if I had tried SuperGlue or JBWeld. Can't really picture ever breaking this part again!!
Our GT has 116K-miles on her, and I'm signing up for the extended towing coverage this time around!!!

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Old 06-09-2003, 10:05 PM   #9
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Glenn,

From the sounds of it, the metal plate fatigued and just broke away. Must of been a beotch to shift right toward the very end. Did you wife notice any binding in the linkage on either the forward or aft throws before this went? Hindsight is always 20/20 but it sounds like you could have taken it to a weld shop and had them weld it back together or even tried wire lashing using the bushing bolt on one end for your loop and and then lashing everything together back along the shift rod itself. I've gotten home with worse jury-rigs but sounds like time and resources were not on your side. Glad you've got your baby home though. Let me know when you get it back up and running. I'm interested to see if there was some other "binding" going on that might have caused this.

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Old 06-09-2003, 11:30 PM   #10
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Got her home last Thurs night. I drove home, noticing nothing at all odd about the way it was shifting? You're right in that with some time, bubble-gum and baling wire I might have gotten her home, but some of the roads it was necessary to take, including a narrow 2-laner from Petaluma to Vallejo, very busy too, I don't regret the decision. Just won't get to do my few landscaping projects with the $$$ gone elsewhere.

Just FYI, AAA told me towing rates run from a low of $3.50/mile to a high of $12.00/mile!! If I'd been in San Fran would've been $10! Tow driver told me the Insurance on the combo flat-bed/hoist unit we were in runs $15K/month!! Incredible!!!

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Just FYI, AAA told me towing rates run from a low of $3.50/mile to a high of $12.00/mile!! If I'd been in San Fran would've been $10! Tow driver told me the Insurance on the combo flat-bed/hoist unit we were in runs $15K/month!! Incredible!!!
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Wow!!! - That would put a serious dent in just about any set aside funds. Me thinks I'll also investigate the AAA "Plus" feature too. Few $ now for a lot less $ later.

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