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I can't believe it - my car went in for the 3 year service and I was told the clutch needed to be replaced (whole saga here), at only 14,000 miles (which the dealer tells me is above average for a manual, though frankly I find that difficult to believe). He also said the flywheel would need to be replaced because the new 2-tang clutch had been redesigned and would require a new flywheel for best effect.

I contacted Ferrari Maserati UK and basically said that if that's the case, the flywheel should be a warranty job. Now they're trying to say the flywheel needed to be replaced because the clutch had worn it out - even more incredulous!

Am I alone in thinking I'm being ripped off here...? Has anyone else ever had to replace the flywheel on the 4200 V8 (GT or Cambio)...?

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Sorry can't help mines a CC - but just thought i'd say hi as I was born in Wokingham and parents still live there - small world

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I recently had to change it in my 2002 Spyder at only 5.000 miles and no warranty. For that reason I´m selling my car. Does not look to be a serious company.
 

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I can't believe it - my car went in for the 3 year service and I was told the clutch needed to be replaced (whole saga here), at only 14,000 miles (which the dealer tells me is above average for a manual, though frankly I find that difficult to believe). He also said the flywheel would need to be replaced because the new 2-tang clutch had been redesigned and would require a new flywheel for best effect.

I contacted Ferrari Maserati UK and basically said that if that's the case, the flywheel should be a warranty job. Now they're trying to say the flywheel needed to be replaced because the clutch had worn it out - even more incredulous!

Am I alone in thinking I'm being ripped off here...? Has anyone else ever had to replace the flywheel on the 4200 V8 (GT or Cambio)...?

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Ewan
Hi Ewan, I also have a problem with my 03 Spyder clutch and think I will have to replace everything as well, from my research this seems to be about normal for Maserati's and Ferrari's, I guess it is a lot about how you drive it, BTW: I live up the road from you in Cookham, I am trying to get a few local guys from the UK Maserati Forum http://www.maseratiforum.co.uk/fb.asp?m=18757 out for a beer R U interested in beer one eve in Windsor

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Ewan

I bought an 03 Coupe GT 2 years ago and had a host of issues with it initially that were as a result of an engine vibration. Car had only done 13,000 miles when I bought it (it was then 3 years old) from a main dealer and they did eventually accept that it shouldn't have the vibrations that I felt. There is a series of posts on this if you are interested.

The long and short of it is that they needed to replace both my clutch (which at 17,000 miles was still fine for wear) and my flywheel as they were out of balance and they could not rectify the original items. All work carried out under warranty.

I do not buy into the clutch on a GT being worn after 14,000 miles but clearly this is subject to how the car has been driven. Not sure if you are the first owner but if not then it is entirely possible that the previous owner(s) have not treated the clutch with any respect. Once fixed I had no issues with my clutch at all and found it to be strong and trouble free in normal driving. I would however get a second opinion on why you need to replace the flywheel if it is not damaged. I am aware that a worn clutch CAN have an effect on the flywheel but would look into this further if I were you.

My advice is to stick with it if you can, they are great cars when sorted and mine proved to be much more reliable than many of the BMW M cars I had previously owned. Treated with a modicum of respect the GT cars have much greater clutch life than the CC's if the views of this forum are anything to go by. Good luck.

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I purchased my 04 GT with 12k miles on it and the ppi stated that it might need a new clutch, but when i asked why, they told me that it was because the friction point was high in the travel, but they also stated that they just don't get many manuals" and your clutch may still have many miles left. 7 months and 3k miles later, I have yet to feel any clutch slippage and the forum consensus is that the clutch has a freakishly high friction point.
 

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Here's one data point from the CC world: my GS has 12K miles of commute driving (30-40% city streets) and the dealer says the clutch is 39% worn. So it should go to about 30K.
 

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Here's one data point from the CC world: my GS has 12K miles of commute driving (30-40% city streets) and the dealer says the clutch is 39% worn. So it should go to about 30K.
Caution....two weeks prior to my full-up clutch/flywheel replacement, my dealer told me that I had used 45% of my clutch material. At the time I had exactly 12K miles. Based on this, I'm not so sure how reliable the figures are.
 

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I purchased my 04 GT with 12k miles on it and the ppi stated that it might need a new clutch, but when i asked why, they told me that it was because the friction point was high in the travel, but they also stated that they just don't get many manuals" and your clutch may still have many miles left. 7 months and 3k miles later, I have yet to feel any clutch slippage and the forum consensus is that the clutch has a freakishly high friction point.
That freakishly high friction point is pretty common
 

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That freakishly high friction point is pretty common
I agree, mine always had a high biting point even when it was replaced. It should therefore not be taken as a sign that it is wearing.
 

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Caution....two weeks prior to my full-up clutch/flywheel replacement, my dealer told me that I had used 45% of my clutch material. At the time I had exactly 12K miles. Based on this, I'm not so sure how reliable the figures are.
I saw that, time will tell on mine! You'd think the "reading" would be roughly correct on average, or it does not have much point.
 
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