Is auto gearbox malfunction common in Vauxhall Vivaro?

We bought a 2011 Vauxhall Vivaro in 2014 from a campervan converter. The auto gearbox sporadically loses all power and it had to be towed home. We're fearing a very hefty bill before we sell. Do you have any comments about this model?

Asked on 3 September 2018 by Fish4

Answered by Dan Powell
The Vauxhall Vivaro has been prone to all manner of gearbox issues over the years. The PK5, PK6, PF1 and PF6 manual transmissions are all prone to failure, due to a build issue, with the pre-load on the bearings often massively over torqued. Other common issues are caused by the fact that owners never change the gearbox oil. Gear linkages are also known to wear out at an alarming rate, but an inexpensive fix - costing around £100-£150 to repair. For our review, used buying guide and list of known problems (in the Good & Bad section), see: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/vauxhall/vivaro-.../
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