Originally Posted by nzwards
Well my car is back and they have replaced a broken band.
It all seems to be working fine again, but my wallet is somewhat empty compared to when I went in.
The final cost was $960 NZD which was 10 hours labour at $67.50 per hour plus parts (I think the band was about $85 NZD).
Thanks for everyone's help ... and I hope that this information is useful to others
i have a 94 1.8 auto and have replaced the band 3 times,, i usally get about 10k before it goes each time,,the band costs around 20euro in ireland from the main dealer and i fit it myself,,takes me about 3an a half hours,,when the band starts to go the box wont shift into 4th gear,after a while it wont shift into 2nd either,,so you end up with the box goin straight into 3rd from 1st,,,im no expert but my experience is that there is something else causing the band to wear out!!my guess its electrical! have already replaced the speed sensor on the speedo drive,thought it might be givin a faulty reading but no joy as 4th gear has gone again!!!!! even with a new band i find that the engine seemes to rev a too high before changing gear,,,,maybe i'll change the turbine speed sensor this time as well as the band !! any ideas ??