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Old 02-18-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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Angry I think my friend ruined my transmission

So my corrado VR6 has been my project car for a little while. My former friend had an integra, which was stolen from outside of his house, he was understandably devastated. Now here I am, being far too nice of a guy, he asks if he car borrow my corrado for a couple of weeks until he can get another car, and I say yes.

Flash forward 3 or so weeks (longer than he had said, and longer than I have ever driven the corrado) and I get the car back. It never idled great, but ****! It stalls all the time now, and the brakes are now toast, metal on metal, what did he do? I confronted him about this when I got it back, and got $300 out of him to replace the brakes and try and diagnose the idle, which I was luckily able to do.

Now the week I got it back, on the way back from another friends house after repairing the idle, replacing plugs, filters, searching for vac leaks, the car gets stuck in 3rd. Hmm thats strange. I limp it home and it then sits for months before I get around to fixing the shift arm. Now that it can shift I see a new issue, it WONT go into second. I try starting it in second and it goes, so I'm guessing its the syncro because I can't get it to engage once the car is running, plus it is reluctant (grinds) to go into 4th now without being rev matched.

So now I'm in a predicament. And need moral/technical advice. I KNOW that he beat on my car like it was stolen for the 3 weeks he had it, hes 17, ham fisted in everything he does, and I got people coming up to me talking about how fast my car was. But... this happened after he gave it back to me, so I don't have too much evidence to prove that he was the one who caused the tranny to **** out.

Now here is the technical advice part... Does anyone have an idea of how much replacing just the syncros for 2nd and 4th would be? Would it even be worth it to do this?

Sorry for the short essay, I'm pissed off.
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Lesson learned, but don't loan cars to friends. I could tell you some stories a lot worse I've heard from some of my friends who loaned out cars. I'd rather just give someone money to help them than give them a car of mine to drive. The utter lack of respect others show toward someone else's property is astounding.

How much does a used trans. go for? Probably cheaper and easier to find a used one vs. rebuilding yours.

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What the hell kind of friends do you have? That would be the end of a friendship for me.
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There are a few people who i would loan my car out to, but very few and i would definitely stress heavily the need for driving with mechanical empathy.
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when i was picking up my friend that was too drunk to drive home, i was unfortunately the only one he knew how to drive stick. So on the way home he tells me "I've never had someone drive this car so gently, most people just grind and rev..."
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Pat, I hear you on that, nobody is EVER borrowing anything from me again, lessons are always hard to learn, this is just such a bad time for all of this to be happening.

Johndoe, ya, it was the end of that friendship for me, although I have to try and keep things civil as I still have class with the *******.

I talked to one local guy about a transmission and he quoted me $700, but I know that is super high for this sort of thing. I'll look around for people parting cars to see if I can get a better deal.
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List of people that may borrow my cars: Family members (we are a gear head family and aaaall the cars are manuals), my buddy John who races Porsches and .... well.... end of list.

Fix the car, break the friendship.
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Yeah, that wouldnt be a freind of mine anymore. Sounds like he thought it was a rental.
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a) a blown up vw transmission...no way
b) your friend sucks

list of people who get to borrow my cars:
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have you checked vwvortex? the most super lowballer website known to man lol
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list of people who get to borrow my cars:
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What? I'm not on that list?
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