2nd Gen R55 Clubman Clutch lifespan?????

Discussion in '2nd Generation: 2007+ R55 through R61' started by Silver Ghost, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Silver Ghost

    Silver Ghost New Member

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    I now have over 75K (mostly highway) miles on the 'Ghost'. I have started to wonder about how much more time I might have on my clutch. I have seen postings about those who have replaced clutches at 35K miles and less (due to defects or misuse), but I haven't noticed any info on average or high mileage clutch life. Anyone out there have any info?:confused:
     
  2. CHKMINI

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    I have 75k on my 09 as well, mostly highway miles. Using my previous 04 as a reference, I had 106k on it with the original clutch.
     
  3. jcauseyfd

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    I'm at 94k on my '08 and still motoring along on the original clutch.
     
  4. Silver Ghost

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    Thanks for the feedback. I hope I do at least as well as both of you have.:D
     
  5. goaljnky

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    I had 49,876 miles on my clutch in my '05 'vert. I still remember the day it let go. I believe it was on lap 4 of the 3rd session at Streets of Willow. :biggrin5:
     
  6. KittyMini

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    I have about 25K on the car, and my flywheel rattles.
    Just counting down till implosion :prrr:
     
  7. agranger

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    The clutch in my R53 '06 was replaced about 1000 miles before the warranty expired... it was making a small creaking noise when I lifted off of the clutch (1st inch from the floor). Since the warranty was about to expire, I dropped by the dealership and a tech stepped in, pressed the clutch once and said "yep... you just got a new clutch!".

    I'm at 72k miles now... hoping that it was a factory defect!
     
  8. AliceCooper

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    I think its time for one of those famous "How to" step by step replacemnet clutch write ups by the one and only " Agranger" :D:Thumbsup:
     
  9. agranger

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    I'd love to... who wants to show me how?
     
  10. YeloMini

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    Only 23k on my MCS with no clutch problems. My daily driver is a 5 speed manual Sentra, 250k on the original clutch and still going strong.
     
  11. Dave.0

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    05 very modded MCS with 70 k on the stock clutch.
     
  12. Ofioliti

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    More than 80K miles on my original '04!
     
  13. lotsie

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    Pushing 115000 on my 03. Our 08 Clubman clutch blew to pieces at around 25000, changed under warranty.

    Mark
     
  14. grodenglaive

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    118,000 km or 73,000 miles so far so good.
     
  15. KittyMini

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    Ugh, nice :mad2:
     
  16. Way Motor Works

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    I find the biggest factor in clutch life to be driver. Even on my racecar which gets abused I haven't worn out the clutch. But in my justa Cooper I've loaned out to customers the clutch only lasted a year:confused5:

    The other factor I see aftermarket clutches. I'd say 80% of aftermarket clutches are junk and no good for street use. When used on the street many of them bite the dust way too early.
     
  17. agranger

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    Any recommendations for non-junk non-OEM clutches? I've had numerous manual transmissions over the years... well over 150k without ever replacing a clutch and the one in my '06 MCS died in 40k miles. If it goes again soon, I'd rather try something else a bit more heavy-duty.
     
  18. Belhaven

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    at 115k miles on my '06 and its original clutch.
     
  19. Metalman

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    I find this somewhat interesting and or strange.....
    The 09 factory JCW comes with a 228mm (8.976") diameter clutch.
    The 09 "S" comes with a 235mm (9.25") diameter clutch.
    And they each have a different throw-out bearing listed.
    All per Realoem......

    So would the assumption be correct that the JCW uses a lighter clutch / flywheel assembly? I wonder how the clutch "life" expectancy plays into these differences, as we all report our clutch mileages?
     
  20. AXO

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    I just replaced my clutch and Flywheel at 46,000 miles.
     

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