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I own a rx-8 6MT. I bought it in october and have already put 16,000 miles on the car. I Love my rx to death, but two nights ago driving on the new jersey turnpike my clutch actually blew apart. In the process peices of the clutch that shot away cracked my started and now i am screwed royally. i have no idea how this happened and it is not covered under the warranty. BEWARE OF THE EXPLODING CLUTCH. MYSELF AND MY BANK ACCOUNT ARE CYRIN. ILL KEEP YOU ALL UPDATED.
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I thought the clutch, while part of the powertrain, is a wear item and not covered by the warranty. I will be glad to hear if it is, I just didn't think so either.
Mattfranz, what did they quote you for replacing the clutch? Good luck and I hope they do replace it under warranty.
Wearing the clutch out is different to it exploding... If you wear your clutch out in a "reasonable" amount of time then you should probably not expect it to be a warranty item - however, if a previously normally functioning part of the car suddenly and inexplicably breaks, then it should be covered by warranty.
how exactly can a clutch "blow up"? how do the pieces hit the starter? did the whole tranny fall apart? isn't the starter kinda out of the way of the tranny in the first place? what kind of dealer doesn't uphold the warranty when anything on the car fails so spectacularly? too many holes in this story. even for trolling, it isn't particularly credible. but its creative atleast.
If the dealer is giving you a hard time, ask to speak with the regional rep. They have the authority to authorize a repair like this and have it covered under warranty. I had to do the same thing when my clutch died at 7,500 miles.
Aren't clutches supposed to last more than 16,000 miles? I know some people are dropping their clutches on hard launches, but still. I would think a clutch going that early in the car's life would be considered a defect.