03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

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03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby Rambovanvo » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:53 am

Been doing research and the 2003-2005 don't have the greatest transmission built into them. I was wondering if very few encounter this transmission failure. Please let me know how many KM's you have on your vibe and state if your transmission is still strong and healthy or the opposite :) thanks! Oh and most of the failure is due to weak bearings that are plastic instead of metal?

Sorry if this is in the wrong section :)

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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby vibolista » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:06 am

2 Vibes in family... one healthy 5 speed (2008) and one that now pops out of 5th gear (2005), but that started to happen immediately after a fairly good bump from behind by another car.

Believe that the bearing in question is cradled in a very robust fiber plastic type material that tends to hold up quite well. The material also is not as prone to damage, since it doesn't heat up as much under load. Not sure that this perceived weak point in the Vibe manual transmission has been found completely guilty in cause of failures.
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby sideshowalan » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:28 am

2003 5-speed with original transmission
151K Miles or 243K KM
Change fluid 3x with redline mt-90
I am only the 2nd owner and do drive it very easily.
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby Rambovanvo » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:05 pm

2004 Vibe
Mines at 176k Original Transmission. I hope mine will reach 260k atleast ; ).
It still runs really smooth.

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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby Tommychu » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:32 pm

04 5spd, 140000km. PO didn't know how to drive stick properly, so the 2nd gear synchro has been fussy since I got it. Otherwise no issues, and I drive like Ricky Bobby so if there was one I'd have found it by now.
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby mntn-biker » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:37 pm

My trans is fine now that I swapped out the 5 speed for a 6 speed in my 03 base. 8-) Started getting the loud bearing noise that most 5 speeds get at ~90k miles. Do some thread searching on here and you will see alot of 5 speed owners complaining about this. Seems Toyota thought it was a great idea to make a bearing race out of a non-metal material. Thought about rebuilding the 5 speed but there were not any replacement bearings other than the OEM ones so I opted to buy a used Corolla 6 speed with ~50k miles and throw a new aftermarket Stage 2 clutch in it since I heard the 6 speeds had issues with burnt clutches at ~100k miles but that had a lot to do with the fact the the 2zz motor has a bit more hp.
2003 base model

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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby ChuckstrPT » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:52 pm

'05 GT, 150k, 3rd has crunched for some time, otherwise no issues. It's not driven gently, but not abused. :D
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby revstohigh » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:04 pm

03 6 speed
hard to get it in first and revers also can't jam 2nd over 6k rpm
But other than that its pretty smooth
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby mntn-biker » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:14 pm

revstohigh wrote:....also can't jam 2nd over 6k rpm


:shock:
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby maaadtrip » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:51 am

2003 GT - The 6 speed is still going strong. I changed the fluid with the recommended 75/90 synthetic at about 275 000 km and the stuff that came out was like black water with plenty of little nasties in it. I got the car around 260 000 km a year ago and I've never had trouble. First and reverse are a bit tough to get into but nothing serious. Previous owner put an OEM clutch back in after a couple of aftermarket clutch failures.

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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby Vibe4Me » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:20 am

'04 GT 6speed with 125K, no issues with the trans. Shifts smooth all through the RPM band.
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby MNvibe » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:37 am

Swapped the 5-spd in my 04 with a junkyard 6-spd at ~225,000 km due to the usual bearing noise. I've heard rumors that the problem was fixed on the 05 but don't quote me. Don't know how reliable the automatic is (I prefer to row my own gears).
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby eastsidegirl » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:07 pm

03 Vibe GT Just replaced Tranny at 79K. After putting in the 5th Clutch! I love my car but I have had problems with the clutch since the day I drove it off the lot. I baby my car.....and it's always been garage kept. All maintenance has been done on schedule....and I don't drive it hard. I now have a leak coming from a seal where the CV/Axle connects to the tranny and don't know what to do about this? I am at the end of my rope with the clutch/tranny issues! Anyone out there have any advice for help for me re: this new leaK? It never leaked a drop of anything before I took it in to have the clutch replaced and then the mechanic told me I had to replace the tranny as well! and since I got it back from him it's been leaking big puddles of tranny fluid! He claimed it was the seal (CV goes into the tranny) so he replaced that, and now it's leaking even more!!! Now he claims it's the Axle!!! WTFreak!!!! My car was PERFECT other than the consistant issue with the clutch & now tranny. Please help me......I LOVE this car and I really can't afford for this mechanic to screw anything else up on it. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)

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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby dwpaul » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:51 pm

My 2004 5-speed manual failed at 80,600 miles. Trying to decide now whether to have it repaired for $1200.

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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby jayoldschool » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:57 pm

Replace it with a used 6 speed. I did! My 04 5 speed made it to less than 100k miles before grenading.

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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby GTwannabe » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:02 pm

I'm in a 07, but the transmission just grenaded at 163K. Orded a 6MT replacement.
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Re: 03's - 05's How's Your Manual Transmission doing?

Postby ImUrOBGYN » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:09 am

The 6sp seems to hold up far better. That being said, the syncros in mine are (removed) thru almost all the gears. Been like that since I got it. A fluid change with a mix I like improved it but it still needs some work. Not generally an issue but can be a bear occasionally when driving spiritedly.
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