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Why does the gear stick randomly go into reverse in my 2013 Nissan Pulsar?

Asked by John

I have a six-speed manual 2013 Nissan Pulsar. Occasionally the gear stick will not go into reverse although the other gears work well. I took it to a mechanic who has quoted $2200 for a full clutch replacement. This seems a lot considering you can buy the kit for around $500. Do you think this is reasonable?

Answered by CarsGuide

4 Jul 2020 David Morley

Changing a clutch in any car is a big job and can easily cost the sort of money you’ve been quoted. And when that car is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, there are a lot of things to remove (like the driveshafts) before the gearbox can be removed and the new clutch fitted.

While I agree that the symptoms you’re reporting do sound like a worn out clutch, I’d like to know what else the mechanic thinks will be wrong. He or she may, for example, be budgeting for the removal and machining of the flywheel as part of the clutch replacement, That can easily add a couple of hundred to the bill. Also, where is the mechanic sourcing the new clutch? You may have found a replacement kit online for the $500 you’re quoting, but is it a quality part from a reputable brand or a no-name piece of rubbish from an internet clearing house?

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