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Old 04-27-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Shifter Cable Replacement Co$t

I have a 97 Saturn SL1 what would I be looking atr to have the shifter cables replaced ?

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Old 04-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Shifter Cable Replacement Co$t

if its just the bushing that broke like in 99% of shifter cable requirements then a new bushing is $20 on ebay'

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Old 04-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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Most non-Saturn mechanics don't realize there is a solution other than replacing the cable. There are actually a number of solutions you can look at if it broke at the bushing under the shifter (99% of the time).
There are after market bushings. However, if you replace the bushing you *MUST* replace the end loop on the cable or you will get left stranded when it breaks (the new bushing doesn't allow the rotational movement the OEM one does and as a result it breaks the OEM end loop). Also, you *must* shave an interference fit on the cable or the new loop will fall off after the whimpy tips of the set screws it comes with break off (about 6 months).

If I were in this situation again, I'd just replace the plastic cap that broke off and stay with all the OEM equipment. You'll get better shifting as the cable will maintain its intended alignment and you'll save yourself time. Installing a replacement end cap should only take a total novice about 30 minutes, mostly just in removing the center console. After that you just snap it on.

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Old 04-27-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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if its just the bushing that broke like in __% of shifter cable requirements then a new bushing is $20 on ebay'

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I'm not sure about the %, but yeah, it may just be a $20 part you can fix in less than an hour.
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To "have the shifter cables replaced" is going to cost a varying amount by shop, but it's likely they'll do about the worst thing possible - replace your cables with aftermarket cables (which are junk) and then charge you a lot of money. As mentioned, there's a good chance you only need a replacement end. If you do need to replace the whole cables, you're MUCH better off with OEM cables, so much so that used OEM cables would be better than new aftermarket ones. New OEM cables go for well over $200 for just the cables. I wouldn't be surprised to see some shops charge over a hundred in labor to replace them.
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Used OEM cables from the yard. Best way to go.

They will be 1/4th of the price of new aftermarket cables and will last much longer.
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Bushing 20$. Cheap Labor. <<< Yourself.

Cables. 247$ Cheap labor, Time intensive.<<<< Yourself.

Verify what it really is. I actually had my cable SNAP in traffic no bushing failure.
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$247 for cables?? Holy cow.

At that price I'd just buy a borked 5spd s-series & haul it home instead of buying just the cables.
As it is, I'd have to have a major cable failure on 3 sets of cables before it'd cost me anything more then time, I've got 2 sets of cables on the wall next to 2 sets of clutch hydraulics
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I searched JY here, They were all autotragics. or the manual they had. They didnt keep cables.

Dealer New. Saturn of Port Richey. AKA Subaru. Came with the same bushing and brand new lubed cables.
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