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    i broke a shift cable on my 99 sl. I had to make it all the way home in 3rd gear. the cable sleeve is shredded off at the transmission. anyone have any idea where i can find a replacement?

    thanks
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    dealership

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    • #3
      uh oh. how much do you think they are?
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      • #4
        about $250

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        • #5
          Other option would be a junkyard - cheaper to get but a used cable won't last as long as a new one.
          - Justin<br />91 Sentra SE-R, &quot;The Millenium Falcon&quot;<br />91 Miata, &quot;The Otter&quot;<br />ex 95 SC2 (Locutus), 96 SL2 (Silverstreak), 96 SL2 (Apollo), 94 SW2 (Ninja Wagon)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Apollo96SL2
            Other option would be a junkyard - cheaper to get but a used cable won't last as long as a new one.
            Absolutely, I have pulled many sets from the yard. It helps to know what to look for.

            If you have a good You-pull-it type of yard near by, and you want to save a few bucks then check it out.

            I probably would NOT pull an original OEM set of cables from a car unless I was desperate. I have seen many at the yard with streched or broken ends on them.

            However, if you find a car follow the cables from the transmission to the firewall (you can see this spot from above engine but might be easier to look below if you have never looked before) and look at the rubber mount that holds the cables in place. On replacement cables, there will be two 10mm nuts visible holding a metal plate. These are replacement cables and probably in decent shape and only a few years old (or six months, you never know). The original OEM cables did not have the nuts and was just a fitted piece.

            I have personally pulled five sets like this and have used three of them in different vehicles with no issues. One set was very clean (in comparison to surrounding areas on the car) and still had a Saturn tag on them. They were like brand new.

            My .02
            1993 SW2 - Slow and Low

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            • #7
              DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT get the cables from Napa, Vatozone, Discount, wherever. They will break/stretch/come loose from the crimp fitting/etc. Pay the extra $50 and go to the dealership. Mine was $180
              Jeff W.
              Old Fella Nobody Remembers

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              • #8
                I couldnt find any cables at autozone, pepboys, napa, jcwhitney or advance. so, I ordered the cables from the dealer today - $188.30

                these will have a different firewall grommet than the originals?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 99 SL sohc
                  I couldnt find any cables at autozone, pepboys, napa, jcwhitney or advance. so, I ordered the cables from the dealer today - $188.30

                  these will have a different firewall grommet than the originals?
                  They might just be a different style but it will fit the same.

                  No worries.
                  1993 SW2 - Slow and Low

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                  • #10
                    My customer bought the aftermarket ones and I installed them for him and I thought they were nice. Haven't heard from him so they must be doing fine. I stil WRECK-A-MEND OEM though!!! On my third set now, LOL!!
                    I Only Worry When My SES Light Goes Out....

                    I'm Officially in the 200,000+ mile club

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                    • #11
                      Aftermarket might be fine for some old lady, but not for a young male that subscribes to thise site.
                      -6S Resident Mechanical Forensics member #001.
                      1995 SC2 Turbo 3.6L DOHC, 6sp manual, Ford 8.8 rearend running on MS3x.
                      1998 F-250 5.4L triton...stock.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 99 SL sohc
                        I couldnt find any cables at autozone, pepboys, napa, jcwhitney or advance. so, I ordered the cables from the dealer today - $188.30

                        these will have a different firewall grommet than the originals?

                        Yes, these are not just a grommet. There is a side with a rubber piece and two bolts. Then there is a little metal piece that you manuever(sp?) through the firewall and it slips over the two bolts and you put the screws on, tighten, and you're done
                        Jeff W.
                        Old Fella Nobody Remembers

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