Can anyone...find a way to make it work?
Seems like you've done that already. Use only clip instances taken from the original, not subclips (which have long had issues in Premiere Pro).
Ok thanks Jim. I guess I was hoping there was a way to use a named subclip.
Incidently, it also works if the subclip is made into a master clip.
Maybe next version!
I had the same issue. Created multiple subclips from various parts of a master, mixed subclips on the timeline (all from the same master clip) and when I replace it with an AE comp is send it over with 1 subclip only (eg I had clips for showroom and warehouse, it only send showroom) so any refences to the clips it didn't send were blank!
So I had to replace all the clips with the master clip (I would like to know if there is a quick way to revert subclips back to master, had to do it manually and it was a pain) and now it is working fine. This doesn't mean subclips don't work; if all the clips are derived from the same subclip it worked for me.
Right click on the subclip in Premiere Pro and make sure that 'Scale to Frame Size' is not checked. I found that as long as this is unchecked, subclips link just fine into AE.