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1996 sl2 manual

It recently got very hard to shift. I still drive it till it was so hard to shift that I broke the shift bushing. I had the car towed back home, and replaced the clutch and put in a new bushing. Car still wont go into gear. It does go into gear when it's turned off though. What can it be? The clutch is working properly.

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  • lucubed Sep 14, 2008

    I have a 1998 SC2 with the same problem.  The tranny is hard to shift into first (or any gear) when the car is stopped at a light.  However, if I shift while coasting to a stop, it goes in easily.  The problem seems to get worse as the car warms up.

  • eseifried Nov 23, 2008

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 1996 SL2. It is extremely hard to shift gears. What causes this?

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    I have a 1996 SL2 with identical problem to that mentioned by "lucubed" on September 14, 2008. I purchased the car new in '96 and just assumed the car is getting "old". Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.



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Sounds like a bent shift lever.

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