I have a UK Focus 1.8 LX T Reg, Jan 1999 (Zetec engine).
A few days ago I started hearing some bangs when leaving junctions
etc. Eventually on Friday morning I heard the bang again and then
couldn't change gear anymore. Stopped the engine, it started again
fine but was making noice.
As I couldn't put the first gear on, got the car recovered to the
nearest garage. They diagnosed the problem to be a broken gear box
disk and quoted about £600 to get the gear box exchanged for a
re-conditioned one and a cluch replaced.
Does it sound reasonable?
Does it often happen in Focuses?
What might have been the reason?
Would be grateful for any insight.