Where else to get replacement Audi gearbox?

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Hi All,
I hope you are doing well in these strange times.

I am looking for a replacement gearbox for my Audi A4 B6 gearbox code HES to be precise.
I cannot get a new part, I can source a refurbished unit from abroad but it's going to be like £1000 so £2k for the repair minimum.
There is also one expert in UK who wants £1100 for fixing the existing unit.

Various websites I submitted my searches. (Removed - mod)



I have checked eBay and FB Marketplace but I reckon inexperienced car parts sellers just name it incorrectly so when I search for HES nothing comes up. I also on eBay got some results for HES gearbox for BMW Series 3 I believe - not sure if this is the same part.

Some breakers put the quotes but then it's either hard to get hold of them or their practice is to hook you so you pay X amount by card and wish for the best. It can take weeks before this can be completed.
I quickly got quoted for a gearbox very close to my location but then it turned out the donor car was from an accident (a flying car) and the gearbox is damaged as well.

So I have quotes for used units (salvaged, from donor cars) ranging between £300 and £700 - 3 to 6 months guarantee.
Refurbished units £1000-1100 - 24 months guarantee.
And the whole process starts to resemble a goose chase.

Let me know if there is any other place or way that I should go to make progress.

These are the pictures of the existing gearbox and I got the gearbox code from service book.
 
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Personally, having been bitten before when buying so called 'quality ' second hand stuff I'd seriously consider getting the original one rebuilt by a specialist.
I'm accustomed to the lies of 'low mileage, working perfectly ' etc where realistically its a pile of crap.
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Go on the Audi sport.net or VW/Audi forum website and ask there.
Many Audi owners there can reccomend a specialist to refurbish yours or source a good one.
Look at mechanics reputation within the members.
 
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Personally, having been bitten before when buying so called 'quality ' second hand stuff I'd seriously consider getting the original one rebuilt by a specialist.
I'm accustomed to the lies of 'low mileage, working perfectly ' etc where realistically its a pile of crap.
John

I very much agree.

We don't know what's wrong with your old one, or how much your car is worth now/will be worth when fixed

Or how much you can afford

All of which are very relevant
 
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I used to repair gearboxes years ago, there was a firm (name escapes me) that could supply synchro hubs, selector forks , oil seals and bearings as a kit. They always recommended ATF too.
I wouldn't know where to start looking these days.
John
 
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