Clutch on car #436 goes at 21,300 miles - others?
The clutch just went out on my 5 year old 2001 Z8. I would think we should get a lot more mileage than that before failure. I was on the highway just before and everytime I went for more power the engine would rev up 2000 - 3000 rpms without catching and you could smell the rev limiter. I pulled into a gas station to get gas and never was able to get it back into any gear. Flatbeded it (another whole story - tow truck owners can't find where to hook into the undercarriage), to the dealer whp out in a clutch, flywheel and ball bearing for $2900.
How are others doing on mileage and clutches???
Re: Clutch on car #436 goes at 21,300 miles - others?
Coincidentally, I have a 2001 and just rolled over 21,000 miles. So far, so good. I did replace the clutch delay valve with a hollowed out version a few thousand miles ago so that probably helps.
I would think its the CDV
Assuming its not you burning the clutch, then I would agree with Atlanta Z8.
Clutch Delay Valve. See more here:
I just drove over to Dave Z's house in NJ and he did the operation. I forget the price, but it was fairly nominal, like $25 or so + buying him lunch at his favorite place and the food and company is quite good!
Mine was going at around 17500 or so.
Also that your car is 5 years old I would be making sure to change the battery to a new one and you might want to get the car aligned as well as replace the diff and tranny fluids.
Re: 2001 w 25,000 going strong
2001 with 25,000 miles going strong. I did the CDV change out early on. I also have an 2000 M-5 that is pushing 60,000. I'm on the origianl clutch as well.
a common problem on e39 M5's
Tons of folks with e39 M5's had this problem, and that car has the same drivetrain. I think the clutch is designed to be the weak point in all M cars. That said, I've had 3 in addition to my Z8 and never fried a clutch yet. Can't say why not. Consider removing the CDV.
47,500 and no problem(no CDV for last 30,000)
I would be afraid to tow this car
I would advise flatbedding only. JMHO.
you are clearly easy on the clutch
alternative CDV modification
Another option is to just remove the CDV - its FREE!
However, if you are burning up your clutch, then you may want to consider the UUC aluminum flywheel and 850CSi clutch kit: