Lamahs approve of manuals
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Box swapping...
Depending on who you speak to, you will or won't have problems :)
As I understand it, you can tie the gear position sensor leads from the auto together, and it will think it is in neutral. I believe there are a few people around on the forums who are doing this without many problems (although some report odd idle and so on).
Personally, I just changed from an EL XR8 auto to manual. This is slightly different to you, since the EL 8's had a separate trans computer. In my case, the car ran fine, but the day after the change-over, the thermofans went crazy (100% on all the time). Swapping to a manual ecu fixed the problem.
Personally, I'd recommend sourcing an ED manual computer. This should alleviate any problems that you have, and should not present and problems with smartlock either. I wouldn't think that ED manual computers would be terribly rare or expensive . . .
Finally . . . 5 spd manual roxors ! :)