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Renewing a previous blog but looking for more specific data on clutch life.

02 Boxter S with 68K miles in the shop for clutch replacement. "Normal" driving except for 9 track days - none in the past 10K miles.
My trustworthy local shop surprised it has lasted this long, mentioning they see clutch replacements on Boxsters closer to 45K. Mine had the RMS replaced under warrantee, along with resurfacing the pressure plate, at 20K miles. Shop owner thinks that's why mine has gone as far as it has.

Looking for comments on the life expectancy of a Boxster S clutch. Can I expect to be doing this again in about 45,000 miles? (stil on the original clutch in my 1995 Honda Civic with 220K miles.......)
 

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45k seems too soon for replacement....but i dont have all the facts of your car
 

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synopsis of the car's life. 02 Boxster S, second owner (bought in '04 with 18K miles), RMS replaced twice under warrantee (included clutch 'resurface at about 24k miles), 9 track days, not a lot of stop 'n go traffic, almost exclusively driven by me - 'mature adult' driver. Only mod is front strut bar, and 18 inch wheels. Repairs include engine mount, right rear wheel bearing, front suspension bushing - and now clutch at 68K miles.

No sign of impending problems. Clutch pedal felt odd with reduced pressure feel - but master/slave checked OK. Hard to get into gear or shift. Apparently clutch not completely disengaging. Irregular wear on pressure plate and some bending of 'fingers'.

Ironically, an '03 Boxster S also on the lift in the shop getting a clutch and flywheel at 45K miles.......
 

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it would seem your car has had some issues before the 47k failure. i dont know if they are related but i would guess they had some effect to the minus. still 47k is not the norm
 

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Key words, second owner @ 18K miles. Who know how much wear and tear the first owner put on it.

With the RMS out, did you get a report on how much life was left on the clutch? Why was the clutch resurfaced? With everything thing out for the RMS anyway, I would've just replaced it.

From everything I've read over the years, this is the exception and not the norm.

Best of luck.
 

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Replaced mine at 30K, I'm second owner...

I had to replace mine at 30K. I'm second owner. Bought it with 20,000 miles on the ticker. I think previous driver needed some lessons.

I've been driving manuals for over 30 years. Never replaced a clutch on any of my cars (hondas, audis) before 160 K... except this one.
 

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true that damage could have happened in the first 18K miles, but absolutely no problems in the past 5 years and 50K miles. Just 'happened' this week - worked fine last weekend.

Dealer did the RMS replacement under warrantee because of a small leak. Never got a chance to suggest clutch replacement at the time; they told me about the resurface when I picked the car up.

Suppose I can expect longer life from the replacement. Ironic part is that I bought a prepared E36 M3 for track days - partly to avoid more expensive repairs like clutches on the 986!
 

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changed mine at about 65K miles. Second owner, but has been 'adult driven' since I bought the car at 18K miles. Total of about 10 track days. I'm told that isn't unusual.

Also told, and read, that I could have done the job in my garage with some help from friends. Had it done at a local shop for $1200.
 

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Old thread. Just wanted to put in that my car's at the dealership today for the 80,000 mile service. I'm still on the original clutch.

My service guy is shocked, as he's used to having to change clutches at 40,000 to 50,000 miles.

I'm surprised myself, somewhat. I think having track time and knowing how to properly rev match, heel/toe, engine brake make a significant difference in clutch life.
 

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My car has about 35K miles. 40-50 track days. Broke the engine on track recently, having a new one installed. Asked the tech to replace all wear items. He said that there was no reason to replace the clutch friction plate, so I will keep using the old one....

YMMV......
 

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Old thread. Just wanted to put in that my car's at the dealership today for the 80,000 mile service. I'm still on the original clutch.

My service guy is shocked, as he's used to having to change clutches at 40,000 to 50,000 miles.

I'm surprised myself, somewhat. I think having track time and knowing how to properly rev match, heel/toe, engine brake make a significant difference in clutch life.
67K miles on my CS, including 35+ track days. Clutch works fine.
 

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My pressure plate and flywheel gave up at 28,000 miles with no track time, just city driving. At 28K, the pressure plate was slipping, the dampers in the flywheel were shot. Oddly, disc looked like it had +50% of its life left. The Dealer said my experience was typical. I am not so sure...
 

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A Gen 2 clutch pedal is a lot softer than a Gen1 clutch.
Nice but, Im also finding that Gen2 clutch does not grip as well as Gen1. :crazy:
 

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My clutch failed at 40k kms (25k miles), but was already screwed by the previous owner and had a friend have the same issue at around less kms. In my friends case his was certainly valet parking which did it, as for 2.5 years he'd always give it to them, and I wouldn't mind betting that the previous owner of mine did the same.

I can't see any other reason for low mileage clutch failures, because the clutch itself is not a cheap substandard part. What is sure is that once you have any wear it is possible that the wear material can cause the release fingers not to fully release and cuase the clutch to slip and accelerate a failure.

A Gen 2 clutch pedal is a lot softer than a Gen1 clutch.
Nice but, Im also finding that Gen2 clutch does not grip as well as Gen1. :crazy:
It's all that extra power you got in the Gen 2 and your exhaust :taunt:
 
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