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Old 02-10-2019, 11:51 AM   #1
shane6212
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I believe my clutch on my 08 WRX blew out yesterday. I came to a stop and my clutch pedal went spongy and only moved about 4 inches. It was enough to be able to get it off the road but there was a squealing and it smoked and smelled of burned clutch...If it's just the clutch plate that went out what might be the cost to fix it? The car is only worth about $4000 if it ran in its current condition. If it's going to cost a couple thousand to fix what might I be able to sell the car for? It's got 160,000 miles on it and is in somewhat rough shape or at least nowhere near "clean" status (dent in rear quarter panel with minor rust and rock chips in the hood).
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:56 AM   #2
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Considering the OEM replacement kit (which is Exedy) costs in the neighborhood of like $400, so labor is what will get you. Should cost like ~$1,000 at a shop, give or take a couple hundred. It costs around $1,200-$1,400 but I live in Canuckistan...everything is more expensive up here.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:56 PM   #3
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I believe my clutch on my 08 WRX blew out yesterday. I came to a stop and my clutch pedal went spongy and only moved about 4 inches. It was enough to be able to get it off the road but there was a squealing and it smoked and smelled of burned clutch...If it's just the clutch plate that went out what might be the cost to fix it? The car is only worth about $4000 if it ran in its current condition. If it's going to cost a couple thousand to fix what might I be able to sell the car for? It's got 160,000 miles on it and is in somewhat rough shape or at least nowhere near "clean" status (dent in rear quarter panel with minor rust and rock chips in the hood).
Knowing where you live helps......shop prices vary a lot as well as maybe a local help ps or can suggest a shop.
As mentioned, maybe about $1000 for a close to stock clutch with install.

Unless a friction plate/clutch plate failed early, you are looking at a full clutch kit, maybe flywheel or flywheel resurface.
Once in there (mostly labor), do the whole friggin job......otherwise, you'll be back in there for more labor.
Also consider rear main seal while it's apart and check for other leaks on the back of the block. Rear main needs the flywheel off to do it.......sooooo......do it......
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:12 PM   #4
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Knowing where you live helps......shop prices vary a lot as well as maybe a local help ps or can suggest a shop.
As mentioned, maybe about $1000 for a close to stock clutch with install.

Unless a friction plate/clutch plate failed early, you are looking at a full clutch kit, maybe flywheel or flywheel resurface.
Once in there (mostly labor), do the whole friggin job......otherwise, you'll be back in there for more labor.
Also consider rear main seal while it's apart and check for other leaks on the back of the block. Rear main needs the flywheel off to do it.......sooooo......do it......
I'm in the california bay area. I moved here a few months ago from Iowa and I think all the stop and go driving i've been doing killed the clutch. I can afford to fix it if it's under $2000 but I don't know if it's worth doing. The car isn't worth much and I'm wondering if it would be better to just sell it as is and buy a different car with an automatic. I'm guessing clutches don't last long here.... On top of that it has some kind of idle issue as well. Has rough idle and sometimes the car dies when I push the clutch in coming up to a stop. It has been doing it more often lately.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:53 PM   #5
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Fill in your location so peeps don't have to ask......

Iowa.....where? Many decades ago I was born in Ames.....

As to driving a MT in city traffic, I have spent many many miles in NYC, Boston and D.C. With my 5MT. A little care and it's fine although maybe a cramp late in the day with stop and go traffic.....
Yes, I have run a light flywheel and ACT upgraded street clutch in my NA Legacy.
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