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997 C2S gearbox problems, anyone got information?

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Does anyone have any info re early 997 C2S manual gearbox failure or problems. Is there a weakness re selection or synchro on the lower gears.

My car is low mileage 28Kmiles and apparently needs a new unit. I have heard of issues with the early 997(1) cars like mine. Is there a common problem?


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After prolonged idling in neutral when stuck in heavy traffic, sometimes it takes a little coaxing to get it into first. Also, if I hesitate between upshifts, it'll be reluctant going into the next gear. And the gearbox is always stiff when cold. I also have just shy of 30,000 mi on the odo.

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The problem is the gearshift is stiff and problematic in the bottom 3 gears, this has been a difficulty for about a month, maybe longer. The gearbox is not repairable because the factory do not permit it. On the basis of moving the box selectors by hand the dealer says the box is finished. It is quiet and feels fine when on the move. Original brakes, front tyres, never tracked, used gently on commute only. 28k miles. A bit dissapointing.

I wondered if there was an issue with the early 997 C2S gearboxes.


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I know of some trouble (stiffness) with the gear lever synthetic housing on earlier 997, manual and Tiptronic as well, when hot. They are replaced under warranty, it looks uncommon that the gearbox malfunction is situated in the box on several gears and axles but still possible. It is necessary to remove the cables from the gearbox to check by hand the shift mechanism on the box. I hope he did that.

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