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Old 10-05-2019, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default manual transmission L100 source

hi sages- has anyone here had to replace a manual transmission in an L series vehicle. always like to anticipate a future need and have a source. have seen none in junkyards and mechanics with skills to repair these have just about disappeared. used to be the old rwd 3 and 4 speed manuals were common and plentiful in junkyards. mine has 188k and has no problem. but want to be ready. common part needing replacement was the big input shaft bearing. thanks tons bob f

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Old 10-06-2019, 12:03 AM   #2
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I bought a complete parts car with a bad engine for $125.00. When I bought my nice L200/5 I knew they were pretty rare so I kept my eye open. I found one fairly close on Craigslist, and just took the car apart and kept all the stick shift stuff. I have been running 2002 cars and have lots of spare parts, the parts car I bought was a 2000 Ls. Bare bones car with manual windows and locks, no cruise or power mirrors.
I have purchased another transmission out of a 2005 Saab 9-3. It is a cable shifted version of the F35 transmission that is in our cars. It also has a 4.05 final ratio instead of the 4.45 ratio that is in our cars. I plan on taking both of my spare transmissions apart and building a 4.05 ratio rod shifted transmission for my car.

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Old 10-06-2019, 07:56 AM   #3
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hi lw300- that sounds like a smart idea if you can find an L junker. does the opel Vectra and saab 9-5 parts generally match up with the L? don't see those 2 in junkyards either. cable shift mechanism sounds extremely unreliable. should be real $$ bonanza for dealership mechanics and indy shysters. can you easily hook it up to make it rod shifted? how does the mount bolt up go? what about the bolt up to the engine? I used to do this with dodge and ford 6cyl junkers. was pretty easy and cheap. thanks tons for the info. hope you can keep frugal wrenchers (cheap bastids) like me posted on your hookup progress or snags. bob f

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Opel Vectra and the sister Vauxhaul Vectra were not imported here.
The Saab 9-3 after 2003? used the Ecotec based engine that is in our car. They are all some turbo charged version of the 2.0L displacement engine, so they have the correct bellhousing.
The Saturn Ion Redline uses the cable shifted version of our transmission with a 3.8** final drive ratio.
Most modern fwd vehicles for many manufacturers use a cable shifter setup. The rod shifter is a carry over from the earlier Saab models from back in the 90s.
They are the same model transmission so I will put the guts from the cable shifted transmission into the rod shifted case.
The trans from the Saab will bolt in but then I would have to adapt a complete cable shifter assembly. It is easier for me to change the case.

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