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One more question, what's the mileage of your car?, My Passat TDI 115 is currently at 112K miles on the original clutch, and running a tuning box for the last 30k miles. Clutch steel feels reasonably strong despite the amount of abuse I give it.

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its got 85k on the clock.

I have been quoted £600 at VW and will probably look at some specialists tomorrow for prices.

It still drives ok as long as I dont boot it. Was gonna part ex it later this year for a facelifted passat, so may just part ex it whilst it still has some clutch

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I didn't think the clutch would be on its way out at 85k. Has it been doing lots of towing or been clocked? My old boss had a sharan and thats clutch went at 70k with his caravan on tow, but his driving wasn't very good Flush.gif(shall we say!)

Only a guess, but i reckon good quality parts will cost £150+ so you might get it down to £400 at none VW. Any option to do it yourself?

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Most Passats i have had have lasted 150k minimum before they have had any clutch troubles. I spend lots of time cruising in 5th on a motorway though. I guess 70k of stop start will be harder on the clutch than my 150k.

Its definately the clutch, its just finding someone you can trust to do the work for a lower price. I wouldn't trust a dealers, i probably would only trust myself. But i am a miserable b***ard!!!!! blush.gif

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The life of clutch would depend on the type of driving. 50k of urban stop-start driving could easily equate to >100k of motorway cruising.

Perhaps the miles per year is a better indicator of reasonable clutch life, e.g. 3000 miles per year is probably an urban shopping trolley that's probably had 10 gear changes per mile.

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Theres a good place over here if you get stuck....T+R Clutch 01244 390111, they do alot of work for us cabbies, 2 year warranty, dont know about prices for the Passat but they did my previous car (Picasso) while I was on holiday and then delivered the car back to the house ready for when I returned (I live about 8 miles from them)they were £150 cheaper than the next quote (apparently the Picasso is a fekr.gif due to lack of space.

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Based on the general opinions of people on this forum, the Passat is the last car you should be buying! Unreliable and poorly designed.

Maybe the Picasso is better?

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For balance then I'm going to start a thread saying I've never had a moments bother with my Passat, although that warning light came on to tell me it needed fuel!!! Bloody unreliable and badly designed if you ask me tongue.gif

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Yeah, similar here. The problem is people only post when theres "a problem". I should post "another week, another 1000 miles with no problems in my wonderful Passat" grin.gif, no one ever does that!

I have had a few problems with them, but i keep them to 200k+ so i would expect something to need fixing at some point.

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>Yeah, similar here. The problem is people only post when >theres "a problem". I should post "another week, another 1000 >miles with no problems in my wonderful Passat" , no one ever >does that!

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I disagree - I think you've been lucky - the Passat is prone to a variety of minor, but infuriating faults. Why?

- Of the 6 cars I've owned (mostly older VWs), the Passat is easily the most troublesome

- All my problems appear here on this forum, regularly

- Which? magazine put VW in its lowest reliability category

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The only trouble I had with my Passat (other than the GF refusing to drive it because it was too big) was that the rear of the towing electrics socket corroded causing the indicators to flash erratically. This was down to the fitting of the unit, rather than a Passat fault.

I did about 28,000 in it, in about 18 months.

The Golf GT Tdi I replaced it with has already been in for work (under warranty - clutch hydraulics failed - not entirely off topic then 169144-ok.gif), and I've only had it for 8,000 miles (about 3 months).

Cheers

Ben

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Really bizarre this, turn off the traction and it will wheelspin through 1st and 2nd with no sign of clutch slip, but yesterday on motorway when I was in 5th it was slipping.

HAve not tried it again, is it just the first sign of it going or could it be some other problem with the clutch, maybe the cable or hydraulics (not sure which it has)

Chris

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The clutch will slip in higher gears rather than low gears. Think about it like this. Engine produses a constant torque figure at any given revs. In, say, 2nd gear the engine is trying to move the car at 35 mph and will do so quite easily. However, in 5th gear, the resistance is higher so at 80 mph for example, gravity, wind resistance etc means that there is more strain on the cluch pressure plate so slipping is easier to reproduce.

Put it another way. If you were to try and pull away from a standstill in bottom gear, you'd manage quite easily. If you increase the resistance by applying the handbrake, chances are the clutch will slip. 169144-ok.gif

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