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So far I drive in normal mode with the paddles or in automatic. I have not driven in sport mode yet. I probably drive 65% on the highway.

What determines Clutch wear? Is it how hard you drive, push and shift your car? Is there some pre determined time or mileage usage? Does automatic vs padles or normal vs sport mode make any difference?

What is the usual mileage when a cluth goes. Thanks. CM
 

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I routinely put it in sport mode because the shifts are quicker causing less clutch wear. Also, it put it into neutral when coasting to a stop to reduce the necessity of the computer to 'row' the gears back to one.
Obviously stop and go traffic is a killer on our clutch systems as the trans. is forced to ride the clutch more.
 

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I just have my 10,000 km service (2004 Coupe CC) and the mechanic told me that my clutch has worn out approx. 30%. My driving is 70% city and 30% highway. I hope to get another 15,000 km on this clutch.
Any feedbacks ?

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My dealer has told me that automatic mode wears the clutch the most, and sport mode the least.

They said to also avoid driving or backing the car slowly up inclines.

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I would strongly suggest you start driving in the "Sport" mode. Much better for the clutch and I think you'll notice how much nicer the car drives.

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Allways drive in sport.
 

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I have done around 23000km on my car, and my chief mechanic has told me that my clutch has signs of wear and tear. An average clutch would last 20-25,000 km depending on driving styles.

For those who have reached my mileage, what happens with you when you shift gears at times is that it tends to take a longer time to engage, and a feeling that the clutch is still sticking on to the previous gear while trying to engage into the next gear. Upshifting seems a problem at times but downshift doesnt seem to have any problems.

However, when the clutch has totally worn out, it will naturally switch to neutral gear - that's what i have been told by my other friends driving the 360 modenas or maseratis.
 

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Clutch wear

With my GS, I have had the 10,000 km service recently.
Clutch wear is around 10%; the head mechanic told me this is a good value.

Wäschpi
P.S. I had a taxi drive with Marc Surer (Swiss ex-formula one driver) recently who is a passionate Maserati driver. Very impressive, you never know what is possible with your maser until you have been next to a pro driver kicking it...
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From what I've noticed, it seems NON US drivers/owners are getting significantly more use out of their clutches then US drivers...10k or 6,000 miles @10%!!!!, we are talking a good 60,000 miles out of your clutch??

I personally got 17,000 with it being replaced 100% Worn, I have read numerous other posts of US drivers here getting as low as 12,000 and up to 20,000 miles....

is there something going on here? is there a US Spec vs Non US spec clutch??
 

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So does anyone have any idea if there are any 3rd party racing upgrades for our F1 clutch? Something more durable?

How much does a new clutch set you back in the US? Heard that it involves a lot of hard work replacing the clutch and they actually charge a bomb just for labour cost. Is it true?
 

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ecu mapping

:shock: The ECU mapping for US vehicles is supposed to be different, due to our "less aggressive" driving style here in the states. At least that is my guess because I know the Quattroporte has a different flash file. :evil:
 

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Clutch wear

Bad for the clutch: creeping around in a traffic jam or in front of a red light, i.e. in cities, and maneuvring into and out of tight parking spaces.
I try to avoid this as far as possible (which is not always possible as I use the car every day).

I put in Neutral well ahead when approaching a red light, so the car needs not downshift.

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demoe said:
From what I've noticed, it seems NON US drivers/owners are getting significantly more use out of their clutches then US drivers...10k or 6,000 miles @10%!!!!, we are talking a good 60,000 miles out of your clutch??

I personally got 17,000 with it being replaced 100% Worn, I have read numerous other posts of US drivers here getting as low as 12,000 and up to 20,000 miles....

is there something going on here? is there a US Spec vs Non US spec clutch??
Not sure about that - my Manual (GT) got 14,000 from the first clutch (and flywheel!) and when I challenged the dealer saying that was on the low side, they protested that 10-12k miles is the low end for manual, with 8-10k for Cambiocorsa.

So expect to spend $4k every 2 years for clutches if you don't use the car too much :shock: I wonder what Quattroporte clutch life is like? I'd be pretty pi$$ed if I bought a QP instead of a 7-series, expecting to put 20-30k on it every year then found out it needs 2 clutches per annum ;-)

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I've got 19K miles on my 2005 QP. Clutch is still fine. I drive it only in Manual and Sport and bave had the dealer reset the software to more agressive clutch action (which also made for smoother starts).

EwanD said:
demoe said:
From what I've noticed, it seems NON US drivers/owners are getting significantly more use out of their clutches then US drivers...10k or 6,000 miles @10%!!!!, we are talking a good 60,000 miles out of your clutch??

I personally got 17,000 with it being replaced 100% Worn, I have read numerous other posts of US drivers here getting as low as 12,000 and up to 20,000 miles....

is there something going on here? is there a US Spec vs Non US spec clutch??
Not sure about that - my Manual (GT) got 14,000 from the first clutch (and flywheel!) and when I challenged the dealer saying that was on the low side, they protested that 10-12k miles is the low end for manual, with 8-10k for Cambiocorsa.

So expect to spend $4k every 2 years for clutches if you don't use the car too much :shock: I wonder what Quattroporte clutch life is like? I'd be pretty pi$$ed if I bought a QP instead of a 7-series, expecting to put 20-30k on it every year then found out it needs 2 clutches per annum ;-)

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Re: Clutch wear

Wäschpi said:
With my GS, I have had the 10,000 km service recently.
Clutch wear is around 10%; the head mechanic told me this is a good value.

Wäschpi
P.S. I had a taxi drive with Marc Surer (Swiss ex-formula one driver) recently who is a passionate Maserati driver. Very impressive, you never know what is possible with your maser until you have been next to a pro driver kicking it...
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My comments and estimates were based on Waschpi results

If you take a look in prior posts, it is clear that some of our Non US folks get much more clutch life than Americans
 
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