In Reply to: Burned out clutch? posted by Rich on February 07, 2000 at 10:33:38:
The clutch is not covered under warranty just like brake pads aren't. It is considered a normal wear item. With 37K miles on a '97 model the dealer will not offer any help on the cost to replace it whereas maybe on a '99 with minumum mileage they might.
Most people get far more than 37K mileage out of their clutch but it all depends on how the car is driven. Agressive driving, lots of stop and go city driving, riding the clutch on hills, driving with your foot resting on the clutch pedal and higher gear WOT acceleration will all shorten the clutch's life.
: Hey, doin' a little footwork on behalf of my brother. He has a '97 M3 w. the Luxury Package. He travels a lot, so the car is basically only used on the weekends. Anyways, the clutch is shot. It's been slipping over the past several weeks and finally went last week. The car has 35k. miles. And I know that he doesn't drive it that hard (no popping the clutch, no racing, etc.). It's at this dealer this week for diagnosis. Soo... what gives? Are these clutches that bad? I mean, I drive my GTI VR6 much harder than he does his car and the clutch is fine at almost 50k. What we're concerned about is that the dealer will try to pin the blame on him and not honor the warranty.
: Any tips? Screw the dealer and go aftermarket maybe..?