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Replacing clutch...costs?

Hey guys, the clutch on my 2001 Foz is starting to slip after the constant arse kickings I've been giving it offroad. Not at all suprised, I had smoke billowing out of it last week after one particularly hard offroad section.

Anyhoo, looking at getting the grip plate in the clutch replaced sometime soon. How much do you guys think i'll be looking at paying? Is it worth going to the Subaru guys and getting them to use OEM parts? It is a 2001 Fozzy that is no longer on warranty.

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Got screwed by Subaru guys. They used a freakin NAPA clutch without telling me. Not sure about cost for parts out there. How many miles did you get on your clutch? Gotta say I bet the **** outta mine. Standard tranny, first clutch GONE at 90k. Oops.

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I dunno mate, I've had the car since 148,000km. In the last few months I've driver almost 20,000km. Had the clutch pretty much on a fire a few times when driving in some nasty off road conditions.
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Got screwed by Subaru guys. They used a freakin NAPA clutch without telling me. Not sure about cost for parts out there. How many miles did you get on your clutch? Gotta say I bet the **** outta mine. Standard tranny, first clutch GONE at 90k. Oops.
WHAT? Did you pay for a OEM clutch?

I'd raise hell to get them to replace it with parts you paid for.

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I paid them for OEM clutch, asked them to replace with all Subaru parts, was never asked or signed anything that stated I was ok with NAPA parts.

SOA was no help.

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How do you know it's a NAPA clutch?

I'd go back and raise hell. Just me though.

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I paid them for OEM clutch, asked them to replace with all subaru parts, was never asked or signed anything that stated I was ok with NAPA parts.

SOA was no help
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Hmm, so far, are you experiencing any prob with NAPA parts? Well, I'll get back at them if I were you. The possible prob due to incompatible parts could show off a little later.Just not sure though.

For the price of clutch, though, I think a kit could cost a maximum of 300 but at 150, you can already purchase. Just don't know how much it would cost you to have a mechanic reinstall it.[/COLOR]

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I had a new (non-genuine parts) clutch put in a Suby wagon about a year ago (by a one-mechanic shop) - cost about $600 - the local Suby dealer said it would cost about a $1,000 (inc genuine parts).

Sold the car shortly after so I can't make any comments on how it performed long-term... was much better than it was before though....

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I dunno mate, I've had the car since 148,000km. In the last few months I've driver almost 20,000km. Had the clutch pretty much on a fire a few times when driving in some nasty off road conditions.
If you have had it hot enough to smoke and smell a few times chances are the pressure plate is stuffed as well as the clutch plate (friction surface). They will both glaze and then the friction fails = clutch slip. The fly wheel surface will need to be machined for the same reason. Also if you are paying for a mechanic to do all that labour, it's well worth paying the bit extra for all the consumable or worn parts to be replaced, such as the thrust bearing, rubber boots (if any on the activation mechanism) etc.
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Who makes a good beefy and durable aftermarket clutch?

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US prices a lot cheaper than here. I had my clutch done in November last year.
It was a dual mass and the mech replaced it with a conversion kit (not many details on this, I am afraid) but the costs were:
* conversion kit $1050
* labour $544.50
Dealer quote was $2200.
Scary, huh!

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I paid them for OEM clutch, asked them to replace with all Subaru parts, was never asked or signed anything that stated I was ok with NAPA parts.

SOA was no help.
I thought the dealers were obligated to only use Subaru parts as part of their franchise contract with Subaru. Am I naive?

I did witness a Pontiac dealer replace rotors with $30 Chinese-made Napa-brand rotors and charge the customer GM OEM price. Quick $170 profit for the dealer. So I know this kind of thing happens, but never thought it would happen with internal parts like a clutch. I wonder if dealers use after market timing belts, too? That would piss me off.
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How do you know it's a NAPA clutch?

I'd go back and raise hell. Just me though.
Cluster Fock, I am really curious, too. How did you notice your clutch was a NAPA-brand clutch?
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Who makes a good beefy and durable aftermarket clutch?
Exedy (formerly named Daikin), which is also the OEM supplier to Subaru.
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Cluster Fock, I am really curious, too. How did you notice your clutch was a NAPA-brand clutch?
It wasn't Cluster Fock who had the NAPA replacement problem, it was Smash 81.

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