Without any intention of being arrogant, I agree . . .Anyone who doesn't know why clutches need to be replaced should avoid buying sports cars.
The question he posed was not why do Maserati clutches in the CC wear faster than most - a legit question - but "why the clutch and a few things need to be replaced at certain points of the cars life". It's nothing personal, but it shows a lack of even a basic understanding, and IMHO, he should avoid a Maserati as his first venture. Instead of telling him, sure, go buy a Maserati, and enjoy the bills and being taken at the dealers, maybe, just maybe, the better advise is go buy a fun, reliable, manual, learn how to drive it and how and why it works and then, if your into it, come back to a Maserati or a Porsche. You would save him tons of aggravation, money and headachesPlease do not be discouraged by the condescending and judgmental remarks made by others in response to your query - you are fully entitled to request information without an arrogant response about your knowledge of cars. Buy a Maserati and enjoy it!
140k is a lot on any clutch. Clutches in manual transmission cars typically last 60-90k miles. 140 is way outside the norm and definitely not typical for a car that is driven hard. This leads me to ask, do you have an automatic?It is actually not a bad question from an engineering standpoint. The clutch in my E36 M3 has over 140,000 miles on it and doesn’t slip and I beat the hell out of the car. I have not taken a Maserati transmission apart but is there something particular about the hydraulic actuated clutch design that causes the plates to wear faster? What design parameter could be changed to increase the lifespan of the clutch?
So, is there a way to drive a CC and extend the life of the clutch? I heard that backing up inclines can fry the clutch but what about normal driving? Does how you use the throttle make it easier/harder for the computer to manage the clutch engagement?140k is a lot on any clutch. Clutches in manual transmission cars typically last 60-90k miles. 140 is way outside the norm and definitely not typical for a car that is driven hard. This leads me to ask, do you have an automatic?
Basically, F1 style clutches wear more quickly than manual run clutches because the computer doesn't know what you are going to do. It only has engine RPM, speed, gas/brake, and gear as the inputs. It must guess if you are just backing off, planning to shift, gunning it, pulling out slowly, etc. This inevitably leads to some slippage in order to maintain a smooth shifting pattern.
When you drive you know exactly what you are planning. You engage quickly or slowly to match your throttle input, etc. This leads to less wear.
If we knew how to make a computer precognitive we could greatly extend the clutch life. Since that doesn't work, we are stuck adaptive systems that learn how you typically drive and they try to accommodate that. Then when you do something different the clutch wears more.
Reverse and "Auto" seem to be the worst offenders. Followed by lots of stop/go and creeping due to heavy traffic.So, is there a way to drive a CC and extend the life of the clutch? I heard that backing up inclines can fry the clutch but what about normal driving? Does how you use the throttle make it easier/harder for the computer to manage the clutch engagement?
Excuse my ignorance. I've yet to drive a CC although I do have a test drive of a GS scheduled this week
That is a long drive without a clutch, but then again, you prolly threw it in 5th gear and never shifted again until arriving in Miami 3 days later heh heh. Whereas in rush hour Dallas traffic I probably shifted more in 20 minutesDolle Dolf.....