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Old 04-16-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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I have an 07 wrx with a few mods done and today at 4k rpm 3rd gear went on me at 95,000 miles. I never thought this would ever happen to me and I'd be part of the blown tranny party. But here I am haha.

Weird thing is I wasn't even flooring it or going WOT. So this sucks I'm out of a car until I can afford to fix it ):
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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6mt time
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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You can flush the system and keep driving it if you're strapped for cash.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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well I'm being offered a total of $1500 to fix the gear. It's not that bad I just am having a hard affording it due to other expenses. But what do you mean by flushing the system?
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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I'm guessing he means you can flush the fluid out which should get all the metal shavings, that used to be 3rd gear, out of the tranny. With some fresh fluid, I suppose you may be able to keep going using all the other gears? Again, this is just a guess on interpreting what he said. I've never been in this situation personally so I have no idea. However, assuming the destroyed gear didn't damage the other gears, I guess there is potential for this to work. You'd just be driving a 4-speed manual. Considering 3rd is right in the middle, you should be able to make it work...

Good luck.

P.S. - You may want to look into possible upgrades on the other gears as well since you'll have to pay someone to tear apart the gearbox anyway...
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:57 PM   #6
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Another option might be a junkyard transmission. There should be some out there. Is there any difference in the tranny between the WRX and regular Impreza in that year? If not, that could significantly increase your chances of finding one. Of course you don't know what condition it would be in so there is that...
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:57 PM   #7
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I'm guessing he means you can flush the fluid out which should get all the metal shavings, that used to be 3rd gear, out of the tranny. With some fresh fluid, I suppose you may be able to keep going using all the other gears? Again, this is just a guess on interpreting what he said. I've never been in this situation personally so I have no idea. However, assuming the destroyed gear didn't damage the other gears, I guess there is potential for this to work. You'd just be driving a 4-speed manual. Considering 3rd is right in the middle, you should be able to make it work...

Good luck.

P.S. - You may want to look into possible upgrades on the other gears as well since you'll have to pay someone to tear apart the gearbox anyway...
well I'll see, I drive it a good 4 miles down in 2nd gear to the shop with a broken gear so I'm sure that didn't help much and I was planning on doing that but I can't afford anymore gears those things are not cheap. It's at the shop now but ill see, just look at the bright side, I'll have a new paper weight laying around
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:04 PM   #8
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$1500 is reasonable, you might as well replace everything in there while you are at it though. It isn't that much for the parts inside there to be honest. 6MT swap will cost you over double, but shouldn't break again...
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #9
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the reason why it didnt break while wot was because of fatigue. happened to me
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:19 PM   #10
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If you cannot afford to fix something like this, what the hell are you doing driving a $25k-$30k car?

Fix the car, sell it, then go buy a $3000 honda and drive that for 2 years while fixing your finances.

You obviously have more car than you can afford.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:25 PM   #11
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If you cannot afford to fix something like this, what the hell are you doing driving a $25k-$30k car?

Fix the car, sell it, then go buy a $3000 honda and drive that for 2 years while fixing your finances.

You obviously have more car than you can afford.
it was passed down from a family member when they passed that's how I got it. Of course I can't afford it I'm a college student. I was supposed to have a cheap Honda civic but I got lucky and was the one chosen to inherent the car. and it's an 07 with 90k miles so its not all that much to afford.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:46 PM   #12
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I feel your pain! Check this out - http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2489333 and do what I am doing...you will not regret it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:05 PM   #13
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If you cannot afford to fix something like this, what the hell are you doing driving a $25k-$30k car?

Fix the car, sell it, then go buy a $3000 honda and drive that for 2 years while fixing your finances.

You obviously have more car than you can afford.
An average 7 year old wrx isn't worth $25k+ anymore. If the guy bought a brand new wrx I'd understand your point.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:13 PM   #14
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I wouldn't pay a shop to fix the trans just yet, see if you can source another trans. I have seen the 5 speeds go for under a grand, then your best bet would be to swap it yourself with some of your buddies helping out.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:15 PM   #15
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I wouldn't pay a shop to fix the trans just yet, see if you can source another trans. I have seen the 5 speeds go for under a grand, then your best bet would be to swap it yourself with some of your buddies helping out.
I have one lines up for that but how would I know that the used trans isn't weak or destroyed as well? I'd rather fix the gear to avoid a future problem then risk breaking another trans
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #16
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I have one lines up for that but how would I know that the used trans isn't weak or destroyed as well? I'd rather fix the gear to avoid a future problem then risk breaking another trans
Because it might save you the cash to fix it while the original one is off the car
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:19 PM   #17
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well I'm being offered a total of $1500 to fix the gear. It's not that bad I just am having a hard affording it due to other expenses. But what do you mean by flushing the system?
For 1.5k I would just search for another 5 speed in the classifieds. They seem to sell for 700-1000 working.

I actually drove a WRX with missing 2nd and 3rd for about 3 months before getting around to doing a 6 speed swap. Its doable, just not fun.

Edit: Yeah, drain the system and fill it with fresh fluid. You should have removed most of the particles at that point.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:57 PM   #18
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Feel lucky that your front diff didn't go! Mine did and I just finished pulling the trans.. what a chore!
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #19
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blown tranny party.

There's got to be a better way to say that.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:49 AM   #20
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #21
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With regards to driving with the blown 3rd, isn't it true that all if the gears are 'constantly on contact' with some gear or another? That blown 3rd might still be making contact with the teeth and supplying more shrapnel to break additional gears. I'm not positive about this so just throwing it out there.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:56 PM   #22
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so far the transmission is being opened and I will let you all know how bad the damage is. I could get a new trans that's used but that's a risk
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #23
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If you cannot afford to fix something like this, what the hell are you doing driving a $25k-$30k car?

Fix the car, sell it, then go buy a $3000 honda and drive that for 2 years while fixing your finances.

You obviously have more car than you can afford.
Well, in his defense, at least he isn't bashing on subies just because his third gear went out like some of the people on here lol
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:08 AM   #24
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I had the 3rd go in my 06. Had the gear, syncro and a few bearings replaced. It was never the same after the rebuild. If I could do it again j would done lgts or something stronger.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:12 AM   #25
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Get a 6 speed.

Take out a loan if you can't afford it up front.
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