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Huge Gearbox Recall – But UK Cars Unaffected

Several UK newspaper recently ran a story detailing a huge recall by Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen because of concerns about the gearboxes in a wide range of their vehicles.

The recall covered some 80,000 cars built between 2008 and 2016 with the impact of the fault hugely worrying, leading to potential and sudden power outtages.

The models affected were dual-clutch transmissions marked DSG.

The papers carried all this information and then, after a few hundred more words, pointed out a fairly crucial fact. The models affected aren’t in the UK, they are Australian and south-east Asian cars.

If you’ve imported a Skoda, Audi or VW from that region in the past 13 years then you might have an issue that requires a recall, otherwise you have nothing to worry about.

We won’t focus on this particular recall any more, it was an example of certain newspapers playing on natural fears – run a headline that says thousands of popular cars have a key issue, only later on mention that the cars affected are thousands of miles away.

The Crucial Importance Of Gearboxes

What the story does highlight though is the crucial part gearboxes play in a car’s continual running. This might seem an obvious point to make, but it is a reminder that when a gearbox develops faults it can have dangerous consequences, including the sudden loss of all power.

Large recalls are of course rare but more run of the mill issues with gearboxes affect many thousands of drivers each and every year.

For these issues, when there is no manufacturer-wide recall, a true gearbox specialist is required.

At North West Transmissions, we are the leading provider of reconditioned manual and automatic gearboxes in the region, as well as offering a full repair service.

Unlike a more general garage or mechanic, gearboxes and transmissions are all we do and as such are true specialists. We also have close to 50 years’ experience serving the north west, building our reputation through word-of-mouth recommendation.

If you do ever find yourself in need of a gearbox repair, there are compelling reasons to contact us.

  • We stock and cover gearboxes for all makes and models.
  • We can deliver reconditioned units free of charge within a 45-mile radius from our Kirkdale base
  • Overnight delivery is available, ensuring time off the road is kept to an absolute minimum
  • For repairs, we will quote a fixed price prior to starting any work, thus making sure there are no nasty surprises in the bill

About NWT

A family-run business, we have a truly superb reputation, this shown by our 4.9 out of 5 average rating from dozens of reviews on Google.

All reconditoned gearbxes come with guarantees for 12 months or 12,000 miles while reconditioned automatic units come with a re-manufactured torque converter that has a lifetime guarantee.

Our technicians are all highly skilled with vast experience in reconditioning and repairing all units – importantly their efficiency helps cut down the price of repairs and so too the cost.

Major recalls are rare, but gearbox problems are all-too common. If you find yourself in need of a repair or reconditioned unit, that often being the more economical option in the long term, please contact us.

Call us on 0151 933 0257 or use our Contact Form.