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Hi, I was driving on the motorway today when a high pitched screeching / grinding noise started to come from the engine.
Luckily there was a turn off coming up so I immediately pushed the clutch in, took it out of gear and coasted off the motorway to a safe place to pull over.
No noises come from the gear box whilst coasting out of gear, and after playing around for a bit I found out that I can drive in 3rd gear only with no noises, all other gears make a grinding noise like a bearing that is wearing out but the car still drives.
I was only a mile or so from home so I drove home in 3rd gear with no problems.

Having a bit of a read around, it seems like it could be one of a few things, either the gearbox oil needs topping up, or a bearing needs replacing inside the gearbox, or the entire gearbox is screwed. Hopefully it is not the latter.

I will be taking it to a garage tomorrow to get it looked at. Does anyone have any advice for me? If the garage tells me that the whole gearbox needs replacing I can see this costing £1000-£2000 from what I've read, which would be more than the car is worth.
If a bearing needs replacing then I've read this can be maybe £100 to £200 which I can deal with.
The thing I worry about is that the garage could try to tell me that the whole gearbox needs replacing when, maybe it could just be a worn bearing that can simply be replaced. What incentive do they have to be honest with me? How do I trust that it's as bad as they say it is?
 

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Most garages these days probably wouldn't go to the trouble of stripping and repairing a gearbox so it's likely they'll try and tell you it's going to need a recon box. I'd be tempted to source a replacement box from a reputable breakers who give some kind of warranty - either that or buy the cheapest 307 I could find - maybe one that's bee written off with a rear end shunt and use the box out of that. There are plenty of cars for sale for a couple of hundred quid. Agreed you're getting a used box with no way of knowing how long it will last but with a new box being expensive enough to make it uneconomical the only alternative would be a replacement used car with just the same uncertainties.
 

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Hi,

Just ensure you match your gearbox number exactly.

I recently bought a replacement gearbox from a specialist peugeot breakers under the advice that although the numbers aren't exactly the same, it'll fit.

Yes it did fit, but didn't work.... Gear linkage wrong..

Result... another £150 labour to remove it and re-fit my old, slightly noisey box (which still works).

So i would highly recommend you replace like for like.

Do you know your gearbox number as i still have the incorrect one i bought..

Nothing wrong with it, just has different gear linkage setup to mine.

Peugeot 307 HDI 90 Gearbox - 20DL50 | eBay
 
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