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    Hi All,

    Yes, another AL4 transmission question.
    Is there a list that can be posted of Sydney service centres who know this transmission and all its quirks?
    I've browsed the forum and cannot find a list and it seems that knowledge is really important for this.

    I have a 2007 Peugeot 307 2.0 XSE Petrol (80k km) with what I presume is the dreaded AL4 auto transmission. I've had it a couple of years and the problem has been there since the beginning, but appears to slowly be getting worse.

    Mine is not so bad. It behaves well except that when hot it often "forgets" to change down from 2nd to 1st (which can be a bit scary if it happens as you come to a stop on an upwards hill, because you roll backwards) and from neutral to reverse (which is especially annoying when trying to reverse park with cars backing up behind you). That means when it does change, you get a massive bang unless you are expecting it and gentle it into gear with a gentle touch on the accelerator or wait a few seconds (so you only get a minor bang) or use the manual changer to force it to stay in 2nd. My partner hates it and wants me to get rid of it. I don't feel like I could do that to someone, except for a song.

    The Peugeot dealer checked the fluid level and quality a while ago and said its ok, nothing to be done except a rebuild in Melbourne at about $6000 (I'm in Sydney). Thanks, but no thanks.

    I'm technically competent and brave but know nothing about transmissions and little about cars (although that doesn't stop me having a go). How knowledgeable do you have to be to do an oil change (I have the step-by-step guide from JackAfrica) and does anyone think it worth it in this case?

    From what I've read, a fluid change is worth a go, but unless reassured that I could do it, I guess I'd rather take it to someone locally who knows the transmission well and see what they say.

    My confidence in the Peugeot dealer isn't high (they seem to have just become by-the-book service monkeys with no will to do anything non-routine and charge an arm and a leg if they do). But the car is due for a routine service, I could get them to change the fluid and hope for the best.

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    Any advice beyond the list of service centres?

    Bob
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    RIP 306 '97 Style 1.8L Petrol Manual 3Dr Hot Hatch (very hot, killed two engines!)

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    Changing the fluid only requires the correct fluid, a couple of spanners, willingness to get in under a car, and a read of the method in this forum. Easy, though you would need to own a set of ramps or jack and jack stands.

    If you want to talk to a competent non-dealer, give Colliers Specialists in Renault and Peugeot Service and Parts. a ring for advice. They will have seen most AL4 problems by now. They are at Granville.

    If you want them to look at it or service it, the railway isn't far away so you can get to work.
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    Yes; Colliers, Jason Hantos, Dantrans, MGA Automatics all should be up to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Yes; Colliers, Jason Hantos, Dantrans, MGA Automatics all should be up to it.
    P504 Services in Waitara also.

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    The best auto transmission specialist in Sydney for European transmissions is John McGraw on Parramatta Rd Croydon
    None of the Peugeot dealers seem to have any idea what to do and it is not a 6k$ job to sort them out.

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    Why is this chap "the best"?

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    Thanks All. That's a good starting point with a good geographic distribution. Hornsby suits me. I'll try them first.
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    P504 and Jason Hantos are both mechanics who are fond of French cars. The first is at Waitara. Hantos is harder to find at Hornsby Heights 0407281269

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    In answer to Addos comment
    John McGraw sorted out an early computer controlled Renault transmission that even had Renault Australia baffled in the mid 80's.
    He fully understands all the latest problems and fixes for all European transmissions.
    There are probably a few other good auto specialists now that are of the same calibre but I don't know them.
    There are very few mechanics who know enough about these auto's to fix them on site. So they would sublet the work anyway.
    I have sent many of my customers and friends to him over a period of 30 years or more.
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