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Old 09-13-2010, 05:01 PM   #1
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Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

I purchased an 03' 10th Anniversary Cobra in May and the clutch went out last week Tuesday leaving me stranded on the road. The car had 43k on it when I bought it and I put 2k on it. Purchased the "Premium" Ford 36k/3 year warranty with it when I bought it and this wasn't covered apparently because it is considered "wear". My fault I guess for not having the clutch inspected further before I bought it. After some threatening phone calls to the Ford dealer(Bergstrom Ford in Neenah, WI)I was able to get them to pay half of the $1200 bill and provide me with a rental car until it is finished. My questions are, do you think this is fair(I wish they would have to pay the whole bill because I did not beat it)and is this normal for a Cobra clutch to go out this early? I would imagine they are more heavy duty than the V-6 and GT clutches to handle the extra horsepower. Oh yeah, and I miss the car a lot after only one week of not having it. The Grand Marquis they gave me just isn't cutting it
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Re: Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

I wouldn't call it common for the clutch to go out that soon...are there any modifications done to the car? Stock clutches don't like much power increase before going out.
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No mods done that I can tell except Dynomax exhaust.
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So what kind of things would you have to do to burn up a clutch?
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Re: Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

Mine died at 7500. Upgraded it. Haven't looked back.
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Mine died at 7500. Upgraded it. Haven't looked back.
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Re: Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

Well, my Dad's 03 Cobra is on its 3rd clutch. The first one went out before 30k and the second one lasted around 50k.
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Sounds to me that the dealer is goin out of it's way to help you out. Take it and smile cause they don't have to do anything for you. I tell you what man, if you came to our dealer and bought a high performance car and 4 months later you come back with a burned clutch, you would be hard pressed for us to pay half.

Just to ask, what kind of car did you own before? The car you had, Was it an auto or a stick.
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Re: Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

even though its BS it is a wear item and the dealership warranty doesnt cover it, they are helping though as it was not long after purchase. The stock clutch on a near stock car is generally good but with that level of hp/tq they just wont last super long.
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Re: Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

I still think you're better off just upgrading to a better, stronger clutch and leave that stock junk behind. Hell, it'd be cheaper than $1200 if you're paying 1200 for half.
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As said previously, your lucky the dealer is offering to help you so much as it's considered a wear item like brake pads - 12months/12,000miles. Leave the dealer find a local shop and have the clutch kit replaced with an more powerful and lightweight after-market model such as SPEC. While your there change your TOB (with a Ford Replacement), Pilot Bearing, and Flywheel for a lighter aluminum or billet one. You could probably end up spending the same amount of money if you shop right.
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Sounds to me that the dealer is goin out of it's way to help you out. Take it and smile cause they don't have to do anything for you. I tell you what man, if you came to our dealer and bought a high performance car and 4 months later you come back with a burned clutch, you would be hard pressed for us to pay half.

Just to ask, what kind of car did you own before? The car you had, Was it an auto or a stick.
Last car was a 2006 MazdaSpeed6(6-speed manual) that I put 35,000 miles on. Before that was a 2004 Honda Civic EX(5-speed manual)had that for 25,000 miles. Had a 2004 Mach 1(5-speed manual)put 15,000 miles on that and had to get rid of it sadly(due to a woman of course). Other than that I had a 95 Z28 automatic and 2 different 02 Silverados in automatic. No tranny problems with any of them. Also found out that the flywheel is shot now too and is not covered under warranty. I think the dealer should be somewhat responsible for a car when they check it over and I buy the best Ford Premium care warranty I can with nothing being covered so far. Putting 2000 miles on a car and I'm stranded on the side of the road. Granted it's a risk buying a car like this used but don't think I should have to dump $2200 into a car this soon already. Of course you would be on the side of the dealer working for one and all which I understand but there is no peace of mind then in a purchasing it with a warranty. The flywheel is listed as a covered part but they are saying it's not. The Ford dealer is saving the parts for me to see and said the flywheel was melted inside.
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maybe u should try another dealearship if at all possible
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Re: Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

I purchased the premium extra care warranty from ford (a ford warranty) when I got my 03 cobra and never even used it not even once, my car was only in the dealership like 4 times (just oil changes) anyway...

ask if they will refund 100% of your warranty so you can pay to fix the clutch lol
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Re: Cobra Clutch out at 45,000

Again, forget the stock crap, upgrade it since it needs replacing. Parts are only about $600-700 for a much better clutch and flywheel setup.

If it is in writing about the flywheel, then they have to warranty that item. However melted inside sounds funny to me...not sure how a flywheel could melt inside and not just come apart, but whatever.

Cash in your warranty for a refund of the remaining months left on it...buy your upgraded clutch and don't worry about the dealership. They are going above the call offering half for a non-warrantied item.
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I agree 100% with PureVenom here. The aftermarket items are much better.

When my clutch goes out (and it is a matter of time - soon probably), that is route I will be going.
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Well believe what you want. The flywheel is melted? More likely burnt which means the clutch was rode on ALOT! Yea I'm one the side of the dealer cause the dealer is right. The clutch is a wearable part, period. And they are not responsible for it unless another part caused the issue. I won't expect you to understand how business happens in the real world. You know it's not like you bought the car brand new and the clutch goes out in 2000 miles, that's a bit different. The car had over 40k and no telling how the previous driver drove it. Also there is no true way to "test" a clutch system besides driving it. If it drove fine at the time of PDI then what can they do? What did you want them to do. Drop the trans and inspect the clutch? Good luck with that. You need to stop blaming the dealer and start understanding that you didn't buy the ripe "apple" you thought you did. So stop being high and mighty and accept what the dealer is offering as a good Gesture, cause I promise they don't have to do **** for you, but they must value you as a customer" or take it aftermarket.

O and also, no extended warranties cover clutches, and most factory warranties only cover clutches up to 12k. Just incase you wanted to know.
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Well believe what you want. The flywheel is melted? More likely burnt which means the clutch was rode on ALOT! Yea I'm one the side of the dealer cause the dealer is right. The clutch is a wearable part, period. And they are not responsible for it unless another part caused the issue. I won't expect you to understand how business happens in the real world. You know it's not like you bought the car brand new and the clutch goes out in 2000 miles, that's a bit different. The car had over 40k and no telling how the previous driver drove it. Also there is no true way to "test" a clutch system besides driving it. If it drove fine at the time of PDI then what can they do? What did you want them to do. Drop the trans and inspect the clutch? Good luck with that. You need to stop blaming the dealer and start understanding that you didn't buy the ripe "apple" you thought you did. So stop being high and mighty and accept what the dealer is offering as a good Gesture, cause I promise they don't have to do **** for you, but they must value you as a customer" or take it aftermarket.

O and also, no extended warranties cover clutches, and most factory warranties only cover clutches up to 12k. Just incase you wanted to know.
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My clutch currently is at 58k miles... I hope it holds up for a while as I dont want to mess with it but you never know
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My clutch currently is at 58k miles... I hope it holds up for a while as I dont want to mess with it but you never know
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I hope here as of late at start up when I push the clutch in I hear a little noise but it goes away after its started for few secs (start moving)
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I hope here as of late at start up when I push the clutch in I hear a little noise but it goes away after its started for few secs (start moving)

My 99 cobra did the same thing but I replaced the clutch before it got worse and It was a major difference.
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mine drives perfectly fine, shifts great... just keeping an eye on it as you never know. I mainly dont want the hassle associated with taking the trans out due to issues on re installation... always fun.... but I can do the cooling mod if I do it.
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