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Re: '98 M3 w/ 22K mi - CLUTCH gone already!? need (archive)

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Posted by Bob ///M3 on June 12, 2000 at 11:52:56:

In Reply to: '98 M3 w/ 22K mi - CLUTCH gone already!? need help posted by VDRZANE on June 12, 2000 at 10:47:54:

Unfortunately, don't expect any warranty coverage to replace the clutch. It is a normal wear item much like brake pads. Under "normal" conditions the clutch should last many times the mileage you have.

If your car only had a few thousand total miles on it there may be some hope for warranty coverage but I doubt seriously BMW will do anything after 22,000 total miles with 8,000 miles of you owning the car.

I highly doubt you have an oil leak or hydraulic problem that has caused the clutch to wear out so soon.

You said the clutch was slipping when you bought the car 8,000 miles ago but have only now figured that out. If you had noticed this right away when you bought the car you could have had it taken care of by BMW at that time. I'm afraid it's too late now.

Most likely the clutch was abused by the previous owner or he/she didn't know how to properly use a clutch. Regardless, you now have 8,000 miles recorded since the car underwent certification. It's very doubtful the certification process would have noticed a moderately slipping clutch unless the technician really put a enormous burden on it when checking out the car.

The technician may be able to determine whether the clutch has been abused by inspecting the clutch facing and flywheel for high stress which could cause glazing and high temperature marks on these surfaces.

Good luck.

Bob ///M3

: My '98 M3 with only 22,000 miles has a very bad slipping clutch. I bought the car at 14,000 miles and I can't imagine how a clutch can go bad so soon. I know how to drive and I know that the car was slipping when I got it - I just didn't realize it since it was my first M car and it was so powerful I didn't recognize the slippage for the power (the ol' trees for the forest trick!) Anyway, I am taking her in for the dealer to look at and they have to drop the tranny etc. - luckily she is still under warranty! Supposedly the maintenance guy will look at her and find out what caused the clutch wear - how can they tell? Also, if it was caused by the previous owner, what can I do about that? I have the Cert Pre-Owned 6 year/100,000 mi warranty, shouldn't they have inspected the clutch during that certification? How can a clutch go bad so soon? Is there a hydraulic problem? Perhaps there is oil leaking onto the clutch and making 'seem' like it is slipping? What gives!!

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