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In looking through the classifieds, I have noticed that there are a fair few cars advertised with a replacement or refurb gearbox. Most of the cars seem to be on around 100k miles and spread across both 5 speed and 6 speed boxes.

I would have thought that a VW gearbox would last more than 100k miles.

Is this a common issue and one I should budget for if the car is still on its original gearbox ?

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My GTI is on 152k and is a bit noisy but changes gear just fine. I think a lot is how the car is treated.

The 085 gearboxes in non-gti lupos are a known weakness on all cars that use them!

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I sold my GTI on just under 100k, and the engine and gearbox were perfect, just as they were when I bought it. As said, if you look after it it will be fine

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Yes, I am referring to GTIs currently for sale. About 10-20% say they have had a replacement or refurb gearbox

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