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Hi everyone,

Ive been seriously considering purchasing an A45 as they look like very fun cars after light tuning, however its openly known about their gearbox issues (Crunches). And i've heard horror stories of people having to pay a stupidly high bill for a new gearbox installed. Ive tried researching about this issue almost everywhere but almost everyone that talks about the topic is very vague. Im not really happy with a vague answer for a car at that price lol. So I have a few questions that maybe someone might be able to answer,

1) Is there a certain mileage where the gearboxes begin to go or is it like Russian roulette?

2) If in the event it ever did go, what kind of realistic price would I be looking at with a Mercedes specialist garage?

3) What would your buying advise be if you had to protect yourself from such risk?


Thanks for taking the time to read my post, I would be very appreciative if my questions can be answered.
 

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I can't answer 1) or 2) but for me, I've tried to reduce my risk by buying relatively low mileage (19,000), buying a 2018 model instead of pre-facelift, maybe someone will correct me but I've heard the gearbox problems only existed on pre-facelift models, and I also bought from a Mercedes dealership who supplied with a 2 year warranty. I can't say for certain that my buying tactics will protect me fully but I hope never to find out.

*Edit - I've since read 2 threads that mention it's the facelift models that have the gearbox problem!
 

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I can't answer 1) or 2) but for me, I've tried to reduce my risk by buying relatively low mileage (19,000), buying a 2018 model instead of pre-facelift, maybe someone will correct me but I've heard the gearbox problems only existed on pre-facelift models, and I also bought from a Mercedes dealership who supplied with a 2 year warranty. I can't say for certain that my buying tactics will protect me fully but I hope never to find out.

*Edit - I've since read 2 threads that mention it's the facelift models that have the gearbox problem!
Oh yeah i've seen lots of videos about the facelift on youtube crunching and clunking all over the place so they defo aren't exempt unfortunately. I like your idea about getting one from Mercedes with warranty but I must say I don't like their premium on the pre FL lol. It's almost in RS3 territory!! As much as I love the A45 I would never pick it over an RS3. It really is a tough call, I might just take the risk and hopefully never regret it. I wonder if Mercedes will offer some kind of monthly paid warranty service on a privately bought car?
 

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Oh yeah i've seen lots of videos about the facelift on youtube crunching and clunking all over the place so they defo aren't exempt unfortunately. I like your idea about getting one from Mercedes with warranty but I must say I don't like their premium on the pre FL lol. It's almost in RS3 territory!! As much as I love the A45 I would never pick it over an RS3. It really is a tough call, I might just take the risk and hopefully never regret it. I wonder if Mercedes will offer some kind of monthly paid warranty service on a privately bought car?
That would be good to know if they did offer a warranty on a privately bought car. Keep us up to date on that if you ever enquire.

Of course car choice comes down to several factors, particularly previous experiences. I've been bitten hard on more than one occasion and now I'll never buy a car any older than 3 years old, will always buy from a main dealer and will always, always, ALWAYS ensure it has a verifiable service history (I'm not going into that nightmare story today!). I know others don't follow my rules. They're my rules and for me to follow only, each to their own.
 
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