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    Default Peugeot 205 gearbox died?

    I haven't seen the car yet but told the gearbox "Blew-up on the way to Canberra.

    Two things wondering if it is something like the fifth gear retaining nut coming loose or something in that case . Heard ages ago there was a common problem.

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    Other is, the 306 1.8 gearbox apparently goes straight in with a modification to the linkages .
    Anyone know the details?

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    Check all the ratios first and i gather its a be3 to be3 replacement, PeterT or AdrianW best to ask.
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    5th gear nut can be a problem, or diff exploding. So long as yours was a BE3 there are plenty of options. eg 405 or 306. If you want exactly the same ratios you'll probably need a rebuild however, as GTi ratios are closer and unique. You will need to swap the selector arm, after knocking out the roll pin(s). Be extra careful to make sure the linkage doesn't drop into the gearbox whilst you're swapping the arm. Otherwise then you will need a 2nd rebuild.

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    Peter,
    thanks for the reply.
    I have a BE3 from my daughters 306 wreck.
    It's a 205 SI and the new owner will not be fussed about the ratios.
    Is there any chance it can be fixed by taking the cover off only?

    Bad luck can happen to anyone buying a car but in this case i would like to help.

    I will message for comments and pass on the instructions to the young guy.

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    Mathew,
    thanks made contact with Peter.

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    Your in good shape then, I remember AdrianW commenting on that exact issue when he did a box for me a year or two back. Enjoy.
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    So do BE3's have a diff fragility issue... as bad as the BE1?

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    5th gear nut can be a problem, or diff exploding. So long as yours was a BE3 there are plenty of options. eg 405 or 306. If you want exactly the same ratios you'll probably need a rebuild however, as GTi ratios are closer and unique. You will need to swap the selector arm, after knocking out the roll pin(s). Be extra careful to make sure the linkage doesn't drop into the gearbox whilst you're swapping the arm. Otherwise then you will need a 2nd rebuild.

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    What went wrong with the BE1? I've never had any trouble with these gearboxes, not like the C3 in 403s and 404s.

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    Graham, was that question directed to me?

    By understanding is that the BE1 diff was a bit fragile compared to the BE3.

    Quote Originally Posted by GRAHAM WALLIS View Post
    What went wrong with the BE1? I've never had any trouble with these gearboxes, not like the C3 in 403s and 404s.

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    Mathew,
    i might put the guy onto Adrian to swap the outer linkage?
    Does he still do work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ng850 View Post
    Graham, was that question directed to me?

    By understanding is that the BE1 diff was a bit fragile compared to the BE3.
    Exactly the same I thought. I haven't heard of a diff breaking in many years.

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    Because i have replaced most of the damaged diffs with Quaife LSD's.

    Yes i still do some work but not until after mid may
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