Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,881
Ask Alex how much a new clutch will be if he does it for you so you have a feel. They are not that expensive and if you get a few years use out of it, you will be fine. Clutch wear is a function of two things, first, in what kind of driving it is used for and second, how the driver uses the system, so impossible to tell how long that last 20% or so will last one driver. If you made five trips on the interstate all the way across the US, clutch wear would be minimal. If you drive her up and down San Francisco streets, a clutch will not last long. If you treat it like a manual transmission with no clutch, which is what it is, the clutch will last quite a while. If you treat it like an automatic transmission and let it do all kinds of automatic downshifts, the clutch will wear quicker.
What Alex is telling you is true, but somewhat misleading. The loaded (closed) thickness of a new clutch plate is 8.3 mm, but the wear limit is only 0.8 mm, so ~90% of the clutch disc thickness is unusable except as a heat sink.
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Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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