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Old 01-04-2008, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Clutch gone at 18k on a new 07?

So last night during a nice drive along the coast in Oregon and my new 07 wrx's clutch suddenly started acting weird. I would apply gas and the rev's would go up but the car wouldn't go faster. I called my dealership and they said it sounds like my clutch is giving out and that i should get to a dealership as soon as possible. The car stopped working about 1 hour later.

Its a brand new 07 wrx and only has 18000 miles on it. It seems really strange that a clutch would give out that soon. I've been driving it properly and sometimes a bit harder that usual, but seriously... 18k?

I called SOA and they claim that "its possible depending on driving conditions etc etc etc." They said that if its something "other than abuse" that its covered under warranty, but they really have to take it apart to check.

I have a few questions that hopefully you fantastic members would be able to help me with.

1 - If the dealership takes it apart and feels that i abused it, can i request them to get a second opinion from SOA?

2 - Should a clutch have gone that soon on a brand new car at 18k?

3 - What other types of problems could have caused my clutch to break so soon?

4 - My car has been in the shop a lot in the year i've owned it, what are the details of the "lemon law" with subaru (going to do more research just thought i'd ask)

5 - Do you have any other tips for working through this so i can possibly get it covered by warranty?


Thank you all for all of your help with this. I will answer any questions as soon as i can and keep you all posted as to how it unfolds.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:44 PM   #2
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a clutch does one of two things...it breaks - throwout bearing gives, bent clutch fork, clutch master cylinder - or the disc it just worn thin

if it's broke then they cover it...if it's worn then you need to learn how to drive better
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:07 AM   #3
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i can destroy a clutch in a matter of hours... minutes if I really wanted to

a lot of it has to do with driver/driving error

it will be very obvious what has happened once the clutch has been removed


breakage vs smoking the crap out of the clutch are soooo easy to spot
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:01 PM   #4
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Ok thanks guys and gals, i'm glad it will be easy for them to spot one way or another cause i know how to drive :P

I will follow up how things play out.

thanks again
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:07 PM   #5
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1 - If the dealership takes it apart and feels that i abused it, can i request them to get a second opinion from SOA?
SOA is who declines the coverage, nobody else can. If you take it to another dealer for a second look in case you disagree with the first dealer, expect to pay for a tear down as well in order to see what really happened. However, that dealer should inform you of that up front and they should contact SOA before declining coverage as only SOA can declined a covered repair. Keep in mind SOA administers the warranty.

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2 - Should a clutch have gone that soon on a brand new car at 18k?
What Jamie said. You can kill a clutch a lot sooner than 18,000 miles if it has been driven incorrectly.

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3 - What other types of problems could have caused my clutch to break so soon?
Driver error, defective parts that break.

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4 - My car has been in the shop a lot in the year i've owned it, what are the details of the "lemon law" with subaru (going to do more research just thought i'd ask)
Each state is different and usually it has to be for the same repairs made. Look up your local states law regarding that.

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5 - Do you have any other tips for working through this so i can possibly get it covered by warranty?
Be polite and professionaal with the Dealer and SOA. Difficult customers who try to strongarm the dealer/SOA usually do not get things resolved as fast as they could. Do not mention the word lawyer unless you are ready to buck, because they may just take you on it.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:05 PM   #6
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no way the dealer is going to cover this. mine went out less than 10k, never launched,tracked,raced,ect. stock everything. they said i was "obviously racing it"
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Old 01-05-2008, 09:44 PM   #7
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I'm betting it is going to be covered under warranty. The OP hasn't come on here ranting about how well he drives the car, how SOA sucks and generally - he hasn't been totally defensive. Those are the usual indicators when someone KNOWS they caused the problem and they are building up for the arguement that is about to start. In this situation, the OP appears to be very reasonable and is glad it will be easy to tell the cause of the failure. In reading post on here over the past few years, I've learned a bit. I've predicted (to myself/family) with some accuracy. So, PinPoint - make sure you post back how this ends up! Good luck to you!
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