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    Default Hi All, Needing some advice on my MPS?

    Hi guys,

    I am new on the forum but have joined as wanting to research clutch wear on the MPS.

    I have now had my car for 15 months and am rather happy with all aspects of the MPS.
    Although i have just learnt that my clutch is on its way out at only 32,514km and is going to cost a packet through a dealer.

    I have been rather respectful to the car and am baffled at how the clutch needs replacing already considering a lot of my k's are highway k's and i am a seasoned manual high performance car owner.

    I am hoping the clutch is faulty in some manufacturing defect but i kind of doubt mazda australia will consider coming to he party on a wear and tear item for warranty.

    Do they generally burn quite quickly even if you drive it like a mum 65% of the time?

    Advice and feedback would be appreciated.

    Cheers.
    Justin

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    That sounds rather unusual. Mine is 66,000kms and still going strong although its a Gen 1. I'll hold out to see what the other guys say too. 32000kms is rather short lifespan of the clutch considering it is a performance vehicle. It is a wear and tear part and the stealership might try to weasel their way out of this but I reckon dont let them (easier said than done)

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    Did you own the car from new? 32,000km's is way premature for a clutch under normal driving conditions - but 32,000km's is also a lot of k's to do in 15 months!

    as mech81 said, it is a wear item - so unfortunately even if the car is inside warranty period, it would be hard to claim. Even though you say you drive the car kindly, you can see it from a dealer's perspective - as far as they know you could be launching it at every set of lights, in which case you could burn a clutch out pretty easily. In fact - if you put your mind to it, you could burn one out pretty damn quick from abuse.

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    have you owned the car from new? if so - assuming it's only 15 months old? 32,000kms is fairly premature for a clutch to wear out under normal driving style - but 32,000km's is also a few km's to cover in 15 months, so i'm guessing the car get's lots of use.

    unfortunately, as was said, it's a wear and tear item. all you have to do is consider it from a dealer's perspective - for all they know you might be launching it at every set of lights, in which case you'd do a clutch pretty quick. unless you can find a service bulletin, you might be SOL.

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    I have a GEN II, 65000km and no clutch issues to date.

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    I know of someone who ruined theirs in under 20,000

    A lot depends how you drive, their is a fair chunk of grunt going through that clutch, and if you drive it like you stole it that other 35% of the time, you'll wear it out fast!!!

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    Lol. I'm paranoid of ruining mine. But it's bloody hard to drive it gently!

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    Calder Park does not help either, @LOOPYMPS


    Peter "SLIXX"

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    There isnt THAT much grunt going through it.
    Besides, once its engaged its engaged yeah.

    Im at 110k on original clutch. had it slip a month ago and I was worried but that was at a hard 2nd gear launch with launch control .
    Been fine since.

    Might seem really stupid, but is your seat forward enough for you to COMPLETELY depress the clutch?

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    Hey guys,

    Yes is rather unusual and annoying. Jmac thanks for implying I don't know how to drive... I have not been launching this vehicle at all. I occasionally drive it like it should be driven but no abuse.. As I have stated I have owned a number of high performance vehilces and never had a clutch issue.

    I have owned the car from new, 6km and am a bdm so travel regional at times... So country highway driving... Big dissapointment but will just pop a new one in there and void my warrany by modifying exhaust, change the filter and new rims... Why not

    It is very odd, and I feel it certainly is a claimable warranty scenario. After all it may have a fault.

    When do you guys have a crusie on next?

    Justin

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    next major cruise is winton track day http://www.ozmpsclub.com/forum/club-...-race-day.html or we have dan's car care workshop (limited spots not sure how many are left though) http://www.ozmpsclub.com/forum/club-...08-2012-a.html as for clutch i'd see if it's under warranty if not then check out ACT ZX4-HDSS Clutch Kit Performance Street Disc Spring Centered Mazdaspeed 3 6 MS3 MS6

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    my spec 3 clutch only lasted about 30000ks but i use it alot.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MpsMan View Post
    Hey guys,

    Yes is rather unusual and annoying. Jmac thanks for implying I don't know how to drive... I have not been launching this vehicle at all. I occasionally drive it like it should be driven but no abuse.. As I have stated I have owned a number of high performance vehilces and never had a clutch issue.

    I have owned the car from new, 6km and am a bdm so travel regional at times... So country highway driving... Big dissapointment but will just pop a new one in there and void my warrany by modifying exhaust, change the filter and new rims... Why not

    It is very odd, and I feel it certainly is a claimable warranty scenario. After all it may have a fault.

    When do you guys have a crusie on next?

    Justin
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    Didnt mean anything by it. Lots of Gen2 owners on here that have never owned a turbo charged OR manual vehicle before. I knew it was a stupid question, but a valid one... you never know...

    at such low kays, its worth a verbal assault on the local service department or emailing mazda australia..
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    I would follow as Jmac said. Bring it to your local dealer and at the same time communicate with mazda Australia. There's nothing more to lose than them rejecting a warranty claim on your part. All the best and I do hope you manage to get something out of this.

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