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Old 13th October 2009
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My 2003 95 Aero has 75K on it and it's still on it's first clutch.

It may be my imagination but 3rd gear seems a bit harder to engage these days so it may be that the clutch is starting to go.

I was wondering how many miles others got from their original clutch?
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Hiya, I cant actually answer that but.........

My first 9-5 ran on the LPT clutch even at 280 bhp, and my current car runs the aero clutch which is so strong the gearbox gave up first

Sorry I know its not much help but i thought I'd give a thumbs up for their wearability!

I guess a lot will depend on the type of journey and who is driving - my wife can kill a clutch in just one supermarket car park
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There isn't a certain time your clutch goes out. You might beable to even check and see if the bushing are worn out on your ****er. And Chris I know exactly what you are talking about with a woman driving a clutch!
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Mine is over 150K miles.
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My clutch has 121,000 miles on it and it's never been changed. I am however, buying everything I need to change my gear oil. I've read where a gear oil service change can smooth shifting.
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Be surprised if its the clutch, Im a driving instructor and get a good 100k out of the teaching cars I use( with the exception of a 2008 corsa, only 19k on that one!!!!!)
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It's all about how you drive it (or how the previous owner drove it). At 150 on the clock my LPT clutch just started slipping after Stage 2 power was added.
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Thanks for all your repsonses guys.

I'm the owner from new so I know it's history, which is as sympathetic as you can be while driving pretty hard! To be fair I always double de-clutch on fast down shifts and never use the clutch pedal as a foot rest so I would expect a better than average life.

Seeing some of the mileages quoted gives me heart that there's not another big bill around the corner!
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Be warned, my Aero started to get difficult into third before the gearbox failed - it was literally the first clue as I noticed it getting notchy.... then 2nd gear synchro failed, followed by the rest of the box. It may pay to do an oil change and refill with the upgraded Saab gearbox oil, checking to see if there is any evidence of heavy wear stuck to the magnetic drain plug - a drain / refill will use 2 litres of oil.
As for the clutch, the one removed from my Aero when the box was changed had done 128k miles and still had plenty of life - the Haynes manual reckons a new clutch is 7.5mm (or 7.3mm or something) thick and min thickness is 5.5mm. Hope that helps.
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Be warned, my Aero started to get difficult into third before the gearbox failed - it was literally the first clue as I noticed it getting notchy.... then 2nd gear synchro failed, followed by the rest of the box. It may pay to do an oil change and refill with the upgraded Saab gearbox oil, checking to see if there is any evidence of heavy wear stuck to the magnetic drain plug - a drain / refill will use 2 litres of oil.
As for the clutch, the one removed from my Aero when the box was changed had done 128k miles and still had plenty of life - the Haynes manual reckons a new clutch is 7.5mm (or 7.3mm or something) thick and min thickness is 5.5mm. Hope that helps.
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What was the approx. cost of a new/recon gearbox when yours failed?
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I just had a 66K service, would they have changed the gearbox oil during that I wonder?
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