Clutch slipping 6C GTI

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Shark00n
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Clutch slipping 6C GTI

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Hi everyone!

My 6C GTI Polo has a manual and about 62k km (38.5k miles) on the clock and the clutch is slipping frequently in higher gears. It pretty much only bites at the top of the pedal.
My last car had the same clutch for almost 200k km (125k miles) and no issues! I don't think it's my driving style as I mainly do highways and I'm always gentle with my car when cold.

My other car is an Alfa Romeo 2000GTV, trust me, I know mechanical simpathy! :mrgreen:
I even revmatch most downshifts

Anyone else with this issue?

My VW dealer says it's time for a replacement. Thats about 1000€ or more... Every 40k miles? Does this seem at all normal?

The OEM part will wear out just as fast... Might as well go with an aftermarket clutch upgrade?
Dink
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

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Mine has started to slip at 23k miles.

The 1.8 tsi has a decent amount of torque for a petrol (albeit turbocharged)

I'm going to fit an is38 turbo so fitted this below.
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Shark00n
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

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Whats a good replacement clutch kit?
Do I need to worry about anything else, like pressure plates or different oil?

My car will stay mostly stock, power-wise.

Thanks
Dink
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

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Shark00n wrote: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:23 pm Whats a good replacement clutch kit?
Do I need to worry about anything else, like pressure plates or different oil?

My car will stay mostly stock, power-wise.

Thanks
The sachs organic replacement seems to be a fairly reliable upgrade and also RTS clutch seems to be alright aswell

This is for the manual obviously as the DSG is completely different issue.
TBjork
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

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Mine is ok after around 61kkm.
Shark00n
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

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Got quoted 2100€ from VW to fix it.

Flywheel and clutch kit at 1300€, rest for smaller parts and labour.

What the... at less than 40k miles?

Can it be something wrong with the cluth assembly? I read a few more Polos having the same issue.

My car has a 5 yr warranty I'm still inside it. It can be dismissed as wear and tear but I struggle to figure why...
Bulgdoom
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

Post by Bulgdoom »

Thats not right. I would look for warranty repair. No clutch should fail below 100km no matter how you drive.
The dealer will say anything to make it look like it's your fault but you just gotta stand your ground and request
that they change it under warranty.
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

Post by Ricmondo »

Given that you’ve covered more than 38,000 miles I would be amazed if any garage would accept that as anything other than normal wear.

I’m not doubting your word but It would be impossible for you to prove to the garage that your driving style is clutch friendly.

I don’t know where the figure of 100k, 62 or so miles quoted further up the page came from, apologies if I’ve missed something.
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Re: Clutch slipping 6C GTI

Post by Gee40 »

Just to add my thoughts - I have to agree with Ricmondo, that although 38k is low mileage for the pressure plate to have worn out, it is possible as I've seen clutches wear out in less than 15k miles when poor driving technique has been used. Whilst I don't doubt the OPs driving style as it sounds like he/she does everything possible to be mechanically sympathetic, the only way to confirm if its worn or whether the clutch failure is caused by something else such as a manufacturing defect or pressure plate contamination, would be to have the clutch removed and inspected. Normally a dealership would do this on the basis that the owner agrees to pay for this and if its found to be manufacturing failure etc rather than wear and tear, this would then be out through as a warranty claim. Of course the risk of this is that if a warranty claim is rejected, the owner is left with a big bill inflated by dealership labour rates. Like Ricmondo I've never heard of any manufacturer or garage agreeing that all clutch failures below 100K miles must be a manufacturing defect and not normal wear. Ultimately contentious repairs under warranty are the call of the manufacturer as the dealer doesn't want to be left with the bill of the manufacturer says no.

By all means push as hard as you can for a warranty repair or at least a goodwill contribution but unfortunately I wouldn't bank on it
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