These Damned Clutches!
Ok, so I have an 06 'Balt LT and the clutch went out at 57,7XX miles less than 3,000 miles from when the warrantee expires. It was noticeably slipping for a while and then finally went out and now can be shifted into each gear with absolutely no catch what so ever. We had to rig it up to a tow strap and pull it to the GM Dealer. I have heard that the clutches in these vehicles suck but blowing a clutch WELL under 100k miles sounds crazy to me.
Now I have blown three clutches in my other cars (89 Probe GT Turbo at 145k, 80's Camaro with 130k or something that was a pos anyway, and a 95 Ford Aspire with 170k or something) but those were all high mileage original clutches. I am known to be hard on the shifting for shits and giggles but its not like I am flying around everywhere. For the most part I drive and accelerate just slightly faster than most traffic. So I shouldn't be my driving, right?
Now, I am waiting 2-3 weeks to hear from the GM dealer back home, while I am away at college with no damn car now, what the problem is and if it is covered under powertrain. My friends' dad does a lot with cars and that's how he makes his living and he said GM won't cover it under powertrain and his recommended shop that I had years earlier gone to for a rear ending told me his son had an SS and the clutch went out at 21k and they wouldn't replace it until they got all up on them about it. I hope I don't have to deal with that kind of stuff. It's the last thing I need right now.
Anyone had a similar experience? And if indeed they WON'T cover a clutch under powertrain. I will be buying and installing it with a buddy of mine. What clutch would you recommend as a relatively cheap, long lasting, mild performance yet still easy daily driver clutch? I only have plans to mod it out to a point where it would have an Cold Air Intake, an exhaust system, upgraded spark plugs, a performance chip or tune and maybe a turbo kit as far as added power goes. And those wouldn't be for another 2 years from now or so with being a broke ass college kid and all. Like I'd like to spend $300-400 tops for just a clutch or possibly $400-600 for a whole clutch kit (like the ones with flywheels and all).
So let's hear your opinions...