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What's the Verdict on the new Subaru Clutches?
Posted 14 May 2003 - 08:50 PM
There are new parts available based on information posted. Before I have this done, has anyone else had their clutch replaced with the new parts (used starting on 2003 models)? Also, could you let me (us) know how the clutches are working out if you've got a 2003 model (all models with standard transmissions?)
Posted 14 May 2003 - 11:16 PM
I have all the very latest parts including the last issued clutch disc.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 05:10 AM
Are you saying that 03 models and newer have different clutches?
If so, my clutch on the 03 BAJA is doing fine at 5K.
Sorry, I reread the thread and see what is going on.
Do the 03's have this problem?
Posted 15 May 2003 - 05:16 AM
Peddle feel is lighter, engages sooner, and if you "pop" the clutch, the old one would slip then sort of engage never feeling positive. This one is a DEFINATE improvment. After driving standard shifts for over 30 yrs, and owning 5 Subarus since 1978, this WAS the Worst, and now I consider it "The Way It Should Have Been Since I Took Delivery.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 10:26 AM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 04:00 PM
the stock clutch in my 98 impreza was worse than bad. Installing the ACT clutch was about the best thing ive done to the car. I would also recommend installing the STI motormounts at the same time, makes shifting feel much more positive and crisp. Its amazing the difference it makes just taking the power that is there and getting it to the ground better.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 05:33 PM
Just turned 6 months / 12K miles and no problems so far.
I actually like the clutch in my OBS better than the one on my '01 VW GTI -- engagement feel is more positive.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 05:58 PM
I hate the clutch in my car (bought 08/2001) and get no satisfaction from the dealer. They act as if its "just the way they are." On a complain to the MYSubaru website, the reply avoids the question and refers me to the dealer.
And it does engage with a "slip and a grab".
Posted 15 May 2003 - 06:46 PM
Subyroo scanned the TSB into the following thread. When you open it, just point at the TSB with your mouse, do a single left mouse click, then a right click and Print it. Present it to Subaru Service and they Can't deny you. If you have a crappy dealer, go to another. It covers 99-02 models. That's what I did, and 7 days later, voila, New clutch, pressure plate and flywheel.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 07:12 PM
Many Thanx for this. This is exciting news!
Originally, I had a wiring harness problem that took 9 mo to fix. By the time that problem was fixed, I was worn out.
Having recovered my strength, I've wanted to tackle this and the cold idle problem that I've listed in a new post.
I'll make an appt with the dealer, PDQ!
(There are only 2 dealers in Syracuse, and each has given me lip service on this problem.)
Posted 15 May 2003 - 07:40 PM
Posted 16 May 2003 - 10:44 AM
Posted 16 May 2003 - 12:16 PM
Posted 16 May 2003 - 12:46 PM
Posted 16 May 2003 - 03:36 PM
That's all I know really about this subject. Hope it helps someone get a new clutch
Posted 16 May 2003 - 06:11 PM
Posted 17 May 2003 - 10:16 AM
Posted 17 May 2003 - 10:45 AM
Just for the record....I used to complain about Lancaster Co. motors (lancaster PA) and I must say....I see a huge difference in how they handle themselves and the service I get is much better then the old days.
Just giving props where due.....
Posted 18 May 2003 - 05:44 AM
I have about 3,500 kms up now and it has yet to shudder or even feel like it was about too.
Just some info for any other Aussie's who drop in here from time to time, "THERE IS NO <strong>TSB</strong> OUT FOR CLUTCH SHUDDER PROBLEM" and that came from a dealer.:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
Posted 21 May 2003 - 08:13 PM
Posted 29 May 2003 - 07:26 PM
Before it was the old eye roll and comments about me being anal-retentive over every little thing mechanical (well, I am an engineer, after all!) but guess what?! I have now have a staunch ally.
Posted 31 May 2003 - 04:12 AM
I have to say that it is a completely different car now. The clutch picks up sooner, but is more progressive than the bastard of old. The pedal is also much lighter.
When I took the mechanic out to demonstrate the problem, he had it picked within a minute and said the clutch needed replacing. The previous dealer said it was normal and "they all do it".
10 out of 10 to Bankstown Subaru for foresight and customer service. Zero to Tom Kerr Subaru at West Ryde for fabricating excuses to get out of doing any work:p
A thousand km later and it still feels the same. Time will tell;)
Posted 31 May 2003 - 07:21 AM
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