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Old 05-24-2001, 08:25 AM   #1
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Post Clutch life?

Yeah, depends on driver and all, but how have all your clutches held up? I want to buy a used manual 2.5 GT (97-8).. and have concerns on this (cause for some reason I just assume everyone drives these (the 5speeds) cars in a "spirited" manner ). Tia~


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Old 05-24-2001, 08:50 AM   #2
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a lot of the guys here may drive in a spirited manner, but i think that most gt owners are not enthusiasts. i'd say that 90%+ of the gt owners i see on the road consider their cars to be a form of transportation rather than a source of enjoyment. 5 speeds do seem to be pretty rare, though, and may be driven by a different crowd..

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Old 05-24-2001, 11:01 AM   #3
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Got my car used with 26,000 miles on the clock. I think I can safely say I drive in a "spirited" manner. Noticed the clutch starting to slip at 80,000 miles. Didn't get to replace it until 90,000 (not enough money). Eventually, when the clutch was replaced, the stock disc was completely smooth. Lucky I changed it when I did. If you do change the clutch, I would recommend the clutchmasters stage 3 clutch and mueller lightweight flywheel. My GT accelerates much faster in first, second, and kinda third gear now.

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Old 05-24-2001, 02:23 PM   #4
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I've got maybe 35,000 miles on my car (bought new), and although I haven't had any real problems at all with the car, the clutch does seem to be the weakest link.

I have experienced some weird smells from my clutch this winter (attempting to park in tight quarters, keeping the revs up so I could have enough power to maneuver around in deep snow, and slipping the clutch enough so as not to travel too fast). Yes I know this isn't the nicest treatment to give my clutch. If I get 60,000 miles from my clutch I will be happy.

The nice thing is that the clutch shouldn't be all that hard to service, what with the engine being in a traditional North-South configuration, as opposed to the common sideways (East-West) setup found in typical Front wheel Drive cars.

Subatubaru has like 97,000 miles on his car and he was hurting for a clutch. (I am not sure if he got his replaced yet or not).

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Old 05-25-2001, 08:25 AM   #5
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Thanks guys!
Also, just wondering, does the AWD system add any extra stress to the clutch/trans?

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Old 05-25-2001, 06:52 PM   #6
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My clutch has 165k or so miles on it. It's the original.
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