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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:58   #1
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We are replacing our clutch for the first time. 2001 Golf TDI 5sp with 679,000km. It still works but is getting a little noisey.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:17   #2
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679,000*0.6=407,400 miles...
I'd call that a good run! Almost double my 210,800ish miles (clutch still fine by the by.)
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:53   #3
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560 000km , the release bearing gave up. Although it had to be cut out with an angle grinder the wear surfaces did not look bad at all . Think there were three previous owners. Glen
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Old January 21st, 2013, 13:02   #4
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2001 Golf, 230,000 miles throwout bearing fell apart and 2 teeth on pressure plate were missing. wear surfaces were still good.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 13:11   #5
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I had a '98 jetta with 325,000 miles before it started to slip. I replaced the clutch on my current 06 jetta wagon at 188,000 kms due to a failed throwout bearing the clutch itself was still good but replaced it anyway since everything was apart. May not be relevant here but I also had a '04 VR6 GLI with 225,000 miles when I replaced the clutch on it last year. Master and slave cylinders needed replaced and did the clutch at the same time It was still in descent shape too.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 13:53   #6
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125k in constant ny traffic. Stuck in jams every night. Throwout went bad. Clutch looked good.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 14:16   #7
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465,000 kms still fine..
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Old January 21st, 2013, 14:21   #8
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Oh my first one slipped with chip and larger injectors at 80,000 miles, the Spec clutch on the OEM DMF lasted to 200,000 miles, now I have a South Bend Endurance on a solid steel flywheel.

Yes if you drive mainly long stretches the clutch will be happy. If you crank up the power like I did you learn to expect to have to replace clutches.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 22:46   #9
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I'm at 130K km and the friction point is starting to move up. Plus it's been stuttering when cold, every winter. I've had the car for 6 years and I've put most of the mileage on it.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 00:23   #10
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Our 03 is Still going 192k miles. I have a clutch/flywheel/pp on the shelf here waiting.... the DMF is starting to make a little noise but clutch still functions great. With resonable driving it doesnt seem like the clutches are the point of failure from what I have seen. Thats of the ones Ive had apart. ...407k is quite the run for sure.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 05:38   #11
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452, 000 miles and still strong.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 07:30   #12
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Replaced the clutch at somewhere around 120k miles, 30k after I bought the car. Went over to the single mass flywheel. Hoping it will last a while, I don't hit much traffic but I am a bit rough on the clutch sometimes.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 13:45   #13
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Man you guys have a lot of miles on those clutches crazy.

My wagon had 170k on it when I bought it I assume stock clutch. I installed a tune about 40k ago and my clutch has started to slip. Put stock tune back in and no slip maybe I can make it last alittle while longer. I do tow a john boat with this car. She now has 235k on it.

My sedan had 80k on it when I got it again I assume stock clutch. I installed a tune about 16 k ago and its clutch started to slip. Had to return it back to stock and no more clutch slip. Now with 185k on her.

Guess I got two stage 2 clutches are in my future lol.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 16:48   #14
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Careful there. My clutch was just starting to slip then I lent it to my wife for a few days. Long story short, when I pulled the transmission, there was 0 clutch material left.

So basically, don't lend your car to my wife.

Seriously, I mean, it can be surprising how quickly they can go.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 17:15   #15
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Lol my car came with a very recent clutch but it's not handling the power so I've kinda killed it with a few thousand miles

The new uprated one is sitting beside me though
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