changing to auto

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  1. bazfergy

    bazfergy Read Only Funster

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    Hi guys anybody got any experience of manual to auto transmission exchange.I have a pilote on a merc sprinter which i am thinking of changing to auto,but don't know what would be best
    change the van for an auto or go for the transmission change in my present van,it's an 03 and only has 21k on the clock so i should get a decent partx on it as well if i was to change it.Cheers in advance barry:thumb:
     
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    We have a Merc sprinter with the auto box and cruise control, fantastic combination just makes driving all that much easier, highly recommended.
    Never understood all that gear changing malarky.
     
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    You are seriously thinking of changing your gearbox on a whim?:Sad:

    Why oh why?:Eeek:
     
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    not worth the effort.....

    replacement box, replacement drive shafts or prop shaft if rwd.
    new throttle linkages and electronics
    possibly new diff for different final ratio's
    new and possibly altered g/box mounts
    new selector lever and control cables
    possibly new speedo cable if it aint electronic
    new pedal box to do away with clutch pedal


    sell it and buy an auto if it really is neccessary:thumb:

     
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    Who said anything about a whim?I have a disability and need to go for an automatic gear box i just hoped to get some opinions or pointers on what would be the best way to go about it.With my current van being in excellent nick and low mileage i wondered if it would be wiser to px for an auto or change the transmission,i don't know how reliable it would be changing transmission on current mhto auto so i was hoping to hear from people who had:thumb:
     
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    Sorry, bad time of night ,morning to be posting.

    I' ve a Sprintshift Merc and it is good. It may even be a straight enough swap as it is an automated manual box and may be identical to the manual on. I do think it will be a very expensive option though.
     
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    Mercedes...Expensive

    They just seem to look good together dont they???

    Good job cos they always seem to go together!!!! :cry:
     
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    is there actually some advice in this post or have i lost it altogether:Doh:
     
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    hi. have you thought about an electric operated clutch . i use a vehvac auto clutch on my vw lt .works fine . can still be driven as normal or use the electric operation to pull down the pedal . i have their tel. numberif you wan it . saves changing vehicle and drives either way you just change gear though. hope its what you need .cheers alan.
     
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    First, I would say changing the gearbox on an existing vehicle sounds very expensive to me, especially on a merc.

    Second if its the sprintshift you are thinking about, these are automated manuals and did not enjoy a good reputation for reliability. Mercedes dropped them a couple of years ago. I had one for a while from new and it gave some trouble. I did not particularly enjoy driving it when it was OK either, so much so that I decided that I actually preferred the manual (even though my car was auto at the time and I was happy with that, but this was a "proper" auto with a torque converter and not an automated manual)

    So I would say if you really want an auto that much, maybe its time to change the van. But I would also say, in my view, stay clear of the sprintshift and go for a full auto.
     
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    Thanks everybody for you're valuable input it really is much appreciated,i think the general consensus seems to be go for a full auto clutch,which is pretty much what i was leaning toward.I think i'll enquire about a trade in or see if i'm better off selling mine and buying another.Thanks again guys:thumb:
     
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