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Hi all

I've got a 02 Spyder GT and wondered if there were any updates to the design of the clutch which should/could be retro-fitted by the dealership under warranty? I believe they changed the design for the 03 model, but don't know if it's compatible or if the change would be available as a recall..?

I've noticed the clutch slipping a little so I reckon it probably needs replacing soon, but with only 14,000 miles in just under 3 years, I would have thought it should have lasted longer. Before I go to the dealership and ask them to switch it for a new one, it would be great to hear other Maseratistis' experiences :)

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scott said:
Frankie, He does have "Launch mode" It's called floor the gas and drop the clutch as he states he has a GT not cambio. I also have a GT but cannot offer any help as mine is a 2004 and only 2,000 miles. He can try and search but not many GT owners here.
Thanks Frankie, Scott - yeah, the CC clutch wear has been well discussed however there's nothing about GT clutch wear etc. I'm guessing the clutch is different on the CC vs the GT though it would be interesting if anyone could confirm that for me ...

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v12gte said:
I general, the techs at 2 US dealerships told me that GT clutches last much longer than CC clutches. I only got a number on the latter, saying that 15K to 20K was pretty normal for the car needing a new disk.
I have an 02 GT with 6K miles now.

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Well, mine must have had a hard life in its 2 years as a demonstrator/press car - it's done about 14k miles and the dealer said the clutch is needing replacing - quoted nearly £1750 (ouch!).

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rmclachlan said:
Ewan,

My 4200 CC has done 16k miles now and I have it in for service, the dealership advised me that the clutch would need replacing in around six weeks given the mileage I am doing, and that in fact the clutch had lasted longer than other CC cars they had seen. They quoted £1500 (ex VAT). After I had picked myself off the floor they explained that it is major job to replace the clutch due to the position of the gearbox. So from what I have gleaned from other users no one is getting any more than say 15k to 20k out of a CC clutch. Ferrari F1 is even worse apparently.
Just off the phone with my dealer, who expressed an opinion that 14k miles for a GT clutch was in fact more than the norm (which he thought was about 10k :eek: ) and that CC clutches often start to go after about 7k miles.

Add to this the fact that since the 02 GT, they've redesigned the clutch plate and flywheel (instead of a tapering flywheel they've gone for a completely flat clutch plate and flywheel, and a software update to boot). So now, I'm being advised that:

- Flywheel needs replacing (£700)
- clutch needs replacing (£1750)
- software update needs to be applied (£125)

and of course none of this is covered by warranty :evil:

I'm now thinking that £800 a year for service is one thing, but if I need to budget £2.5k every other year for a clutch replacement (and let's face it, the GT shifting is nothing to write home about anyway), then it's starting to look a bit over expensive...

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rmclachlan said:
Ewan,

I was quoted £1500 for clutch replacement at 16k miles, then a phone call yesterday to say that the clutch bearing was worn and that would be another £500 + service thanks. I am beginning to wonder what I have got into...
I was told the release bearing might need to be changed but they wouldn't know until the clutch was off, but if it needed to be changed it would be around £260 including labour & VAT...

It seems there's some variance in advice...

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Ewan
 
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