My sister’s car, a Fiat Punto with a manual gearbox, has been having some gear change problems.
Basically, 1st and 2nd are very hard to engage, reverse goes in with a crunch. Now, when the clutch pedal is depressed, there’s a tinkling sound (actually sounds like a tiny train running over tracks) from under the bonnet. Gears 3rd through to 5th engage ok, but I’ve also noticed that if you switch off the engine, 1st and 2nd can be engaged, turn on the engine and away you go.
Does this sound fatal? Or something that might be too expensive to repair on a £1300 car?