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Old 02-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #121
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There's only one thing that wears the clutch out. Its called the DRIVER.
It's called USE, the "clutch" is a wear item.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:53 AM   #122
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Did you finally win it boss because mine is doing the same thing..... do i really have to change the flywheel or new clutch kit will sort the problem out
NO, you can resurface the flywheel, even the dual mass ones. I did it to my flywheel and it works like new. Don't let anyone say you can't. Of course you need to find a good shop that knows how to do them, which sadly, not all do.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:23 AM   #123
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Mines just been replaced at 103,000. Was just starting to slip. Had the CDV removed aswell and feels a little nicer.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:52 PM   #124
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:36 AM   #125
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NO, you can resurface the flywheel, even the dual mass ones. I did it to my flywheel and it works like new. Don't let anyone say you can't. Of course you need to find a good shop that knows how to do them, which sadly, not all do.
thank you Tommytoyz i finally did the clutch and nothing on flywheel and its running smoothly....
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:45 AM   #126
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:54 AM   #127
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Do the whole clutch kit Nerdy46 so you can have a peace of mind for the next 150k at minimum
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:06 AM   #128
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Do the whole clutch kit Nerdy46 so you can have a peace of mind for the next 150k at minimum
I wouldn't do it any other way.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:13 AM   #129
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:53 AM   #130
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E46 clutch lifetime, how long did yours last? symtpoms of dying...

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Old 09-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #131
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Re: E46 clutch lifetime, how long did yours last? symtpoms of dying...

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Old 10-21-2013, 02:03 PM   #132
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:20 PM   #133
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:36 PM   #134
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do you guys know if flywheel needs to be changed at same time? I know flywheel can not be resurfaced has any one tried resufacing it?
Yes. Had mine resurfaced. Is as good as new. Cost $65.00, its a 2 step process my shop was VERY experienced with such things. Took 45 min while I waited.

Now I would say that if you have damage or extreme wear to the surface or the dual mass is becoming loose then no, get a new one. And I wouldn't recommend cutting more than once. I don't drive my car hard either. 325/330s are not drag cars, there is no need to dump or be rough on the clutch.

The previous owner obviously couldn't drive for crap. It wasn't much over a 100k when it started slipping a little.

I have always had manual cars, NEVER have I worn out a clutch.

I was drag racing a supercharged GT mustang with a 120k clutch and still had no issues.

Its 99% driving habit/style
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:48 AM   #135
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Had mine resurfaced. Is as good as new. Cost $65.00, its a 2 step process my shop was VERY experienced with such things. Took 45 min while I waited.
This is a viable option if you DIY the clutch removal. If you have to pay someone to do that work, you might as well install a new one.

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I have always had manual cars, NEVER have I worn out a clutch. [...] Its 99% driving habit/style
Ditto. And I've seen north of 200K on 3 vehicles, one of them north of 300K.

While technique certainly plays the largest role, where you drive makes a big difference. Six thousand miles in the city or in stop-and-go are going to produce much more wear than the same distance on a cross-county road trip.

And driving in the flat parts of the country like the coasts, Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida, west Texas,etc. is very different from driving in hilly terrain, especially in stop-and-go in hilly terrain (think San Francisco).
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:58 AM   #136
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #137
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:09 PM   #138
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This is a viable option if you DIY the clutch removal. If you have to pay someone to do that work, you might as well install a new one.

Took me about 6hrs start to finish including taking the flywheel down to be cut and waiting on it. Overall not a bad job. I would rather do a clutch on a RWD than a FWD V6

I would not let a shop touch any car of mine....dealership included, maybe if under warranty and they where responsible until it was 100% correct. But since I don't buy brand new cars its pretty much a non issue.
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:47 PM   #139
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:17 PM   #140
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My friend has 178k on his M3's original clutch; no signs of issue so far
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