Well, 95,655 miles in and the clutch really was about to let go.
The car had a slipping clutch a few weeks after buying it in Feb (with 90K on the clock at three years old exactly). But it only did it twice and I couldn't replicate it for the blokes I bought the car from.
Then a few weeks ago it started again, forcing me to change the driving style and change down much earlier, in order that the clutch isn't strained with the engine load. This was a pain, but manageable.
I had already phoned my trusted local indie (SimplyAlfas) and had a quote for the clutch, and worse case scenario, the flywheel as well. It was a touch eye watering, just under four digits......
So I was looking at my money and working out when I could book it in, also for an early service as well, and a new set of front pads.....
Anyway, my decision was brought forward on Friday on the way to work, slipping in 3rd upwards. And it didn't take much provocation to slip either. It was that bad I was concerned it would be a tow truck home.
I called a local (to work) clutch specialist (Clutch Junction on the Warwick Road, B11). The quote seemed very, very good. So I asked a few questions and he certainly knew his stuff about these types of clutches and fly wheels. So we agreed a price and I booked it in for today.
Dropped the car off at 9:30. Had a chat about symptoms, he tested the car with me and agreed that it was a clutch. Couldn't hear any flywheel issues, but said he would call if it was duff.
2:30pm a call to say the car was ready and he was about to test drive. No flywheel needed (whooo hooo!) but the slave cylinder needed changing.
Picked the car up at 5:00. He told me to test drive to make sure I was happy. Like a different car! Light clutch, low biting point and it seemed so much quicker to pull away. It must have been bad previously.
He described the work done, showed me the old parts. The friction plate was right on the limit. virtually zero friction material and totally down to the rivets. He said there was no more than 500 miles in the car, and certainly no motorway driving capacity. Good jobOnto my sons football match on Sunday was called off, I was supposed to be driving to Torquay and back!!
And the final bill, clutch and slave cylinder, labour and VAT: £350.
I'm a happy man. Onto the next 95K miles.