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Old 29th July 2011
Piper of Rose Piper of Rose is offline
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Default Clutch Life

2004 9-3 2.0t. 5 speed manual 196K.

Just curious under normal driving conditions with some "FUN" driving. What is the life of the clutch on my model. I keep expecting it to slip soon, but it just keeps going.
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It's hard to stick a good estimate on a clutch. It all depends on how you drive, I mean even with spirited driving a clutch can last "forever", as long as you don't slip the clutch when starting or on hills, and on downshifts maintain some sort of rev matching. On the other hand you can baby the car under normal driving conditions, but if you don't know how to engage or disengage the clutch you could burn it out in a few thousand miles. I think if you've made it this far without any issues you're probably treating the clutch pretty well, especially if you do mostly highway driving.

I've only had one car surpass your miles in my ownership, but 3 in total with near 200k miles and not one of those needed a new clutch (subaru, hond, saab 99 9-3).
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wow a 9-3 with almost 200k. I wonder what are some of the highest miles 9-3s.
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