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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:58   #1
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Default How long did your clutch last??????

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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Location: SE Massachusetts
TDI(s): 2003 Jetta
Fuel Economy: 48.5 MPG

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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Fuel Economy: 5.1 L/100 km HWY

465,000 kms still fine..
2006 tdi, 255,000 kms....drivers door switch and clutch to change when it starts to act up. 2001 tdi 487,000 kms....timing belt new, rear axle bushings, ball joints, rebuilt starter, now in my sons name.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 14:21   #8
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Location: Indianapolis, IN
Fuel Economy: 47/42/38

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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