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Hi all,

Infrequent poster could use your help.

I have a 2017 GTI with about 43000 miles. A few weeks ago I noticed a problem that typically comes on when I'm in 5th or 6th gear. When I go to accelerate, there's a sensation that the clutch is being depressed. There's a jump in revs and a feeling like the car is coasting rather than accelerating.

I am not a mechanic but have been driving for a long time. I suspect the issue is powertrain issue, likely transmission related.

The warranty on the car covers powertrain to 60K miles; 5 years. Assuming the repair is covered I take it to VW.

I'm told when I arrive that I need to pay a diagnostic fee. When I reply that I suspect it's a warranted repair, I'm told that the clutch, although part of the powertrain, isn't part of the 5 year, 60K warranty but rather is a wearable item not covered. I did leave the car there for the check. I was also told that if it is a warranted repair I wouldn't pay the diagnostic fee.

Please let me know if you've dealt with this and what your thoughts are. Thanks.
 

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Clutch packs are considered wear and tear so they’re considered maintenance items.

I would expect to pay. It’s probably your problem.


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Sounds like a clutch. Do you drive hard? Do you launch hard/hole shots/launch control? Do you live in a mountainous region?
 

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Well, I just heard back from the dealer. They want to replace the entire clutch assembly for $3500 as well as the front brake pads for $800. It will turn out that I spent the diagnostic fee ($153) for nothing, as I will in all likelihood have the work done but a local mechanic.

I am curious though for those reading this whether those two quotes are reasonable. I do have the performance package, which makes the brake pads more than normal.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi all,

Infrequent poster could use your help.

I have a 2017 GTI with about 43000 miles. A few weeks ago I noticed a problem that typically comes on when I'm in 5th or 6th gear. When I go to accelerate, there's a sensation that the clutch is being depressed. There's a jump in revs and a feeling like the car is coasting rather than accelerating.

I am not a mechanic but have been driving for a long time. I suspect the issue is powertrain issue, likely transmission related.

The warranty on the car covers powertrain to 60K miles; 5 years. Assuming the repair is covered I take it to VW.

I'm told when I arrive that I need to pay a diagnostic fee. When I reply that I suspect it's a warranted repair, I'm told that the clutch, although part of the powertrain, isn't part of the 5 year, 60K warranty but rather is a wearable item not covered. I did leave the car there for the check. I was also told that if it is a warranted repair I wouldn't pay the diagnostic fee.

Please let me know if you've dealt with this and what your thoughts are. Thanks.
Jimi,

$3500 to replace a clutch?!!!!!!!!! OMG! I would call AGs office and have them brought up on extortion charges. Yes, it is a wear item. What state do you live in? AMS in Linden, NJ are specialists in old and new German cars. NGP Racing in Aberdeen, Maryland are one of the best tuners in the country! Those are my guys! Tell dealer to "drop dead! $800 to do brakes. Are they in Russia? Ridiculous!
 

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Well, I just heard back from the dealer. They want to replace the entire clutch assembly for $3500 as well as the front brake pads for $800. It will turn out that I spent the diagnostic fee ($153) for nothing, as I will in all likelihood have the work done but a local mechanic.

I am curious though for those reading this whether those two quotes are reasonable. I do have the performance package, which makes the brake pads more than normal.

Thanks in advance.
Sounds right but the advice should be to get an aftermarket upgraded clutch. South bend or a RSR are the popular choices. VW Parts Volkswagen Golf VII Facelift FWD 2.0T Gen3 Search SiteSearch clutch kit - Page 1 - ECS Tuning
 

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Jimi,

$3500 to replace a clutch?!!!!!!!!! OMG! I would call AGs office and have them brought up on extortion charges. Yes, it is a wear item. What state do you live in? AMS in Linden, NJ are specialists in old and new German cars. NGP Racing in Aberdeen, Maryland are one of the best tuners in the country! Those are my guys! Tell dealer to "drop dead! $800 to do brakes. Are they in Russia? Ridiculous!
Thanks. I'm in Somerset County (NJ). In all likelihood will have Nerger's in Bound Brook do the repair. Excellent shop. Should have gone there in the first place.
 

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I'm curious why the clutch wore out so fast. Have you never driven stick shift before? Is the car modded?
 

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Thanks. I'm in Somerset County (NJ). In all likelihood will have Nerger's in Bound Brook do the repair. Excellent shop. Should have gone there in the first place.
Jimi,

You're only 10 miles from me! Never heard of Nerger's. My guys in Westfield Eurosport are fantastic! If I can't do it myself, I take it to them. Not that far from Somerset. You live off of Easton Avenue? I work in Highland Park. Eurosport are amazing. And prices are fantastic. One of the best Euro mechanics I've seen in Jersey. Ask for Mike or Susan. Dealers in New Jersey are ridiculous compared to Maryland. Everything is higher up here.
 

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My older brother got his '12 GTI clutch, water pump, and timing belt done for $2k for yeah, I'd say they're a little high...in more ways than one.
 

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Jimi,

You're only 10 miles from me! Never heard of Nerger's. My guys in Westfield Eurosport are fantastic! If I can't do it myself, I take it to them. Not that far from Somerset. You live off of Easton Avenue? I work in Highland Park. Eurosport are amazing. And prices are fantastic. One of the best Euro mechanics I've seen in Jersey. Ask for Mike or Susan. Dealers in New Jersey are ridiculous compared to Maryland. Everything is higher up here.
Thanks. Going to run it by Nerger's first. Great rep, 30 years in biz, lovely people. If I don't feel comfortable with their plan I'll reach out to the people in Westfield. Nerger's Auto Express | Car Repair, Service, and Sales in Bound Brook NJ - Nerger's Auto Express
 

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I have. Several in fact. '77 Corolla in college and Subi WRX, Subi Legacy GT, and Mini Cooper, all with sticks, never had an issue. And no, the car wasn't modded.
Wild. Strange things happen but I wonder what went on
 

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Hi all,

Infrequent poster could use your help.

I have a 2017 GTI with about 43000 miles. A few weeks ago I noticed a problem that typically comes on when I'm in 5th or 6th gear. When I go to accelerate, there's a sensation that the clutch is being depressed. There's a jump in revs and a feeling like the car is coasting rather than accelerating.

I am not a mechanic but have been driving for a long time. I suspect the issue is powertrain issue, likely transmission related.

The warranty on the car covers powertrain to 60K miles; 5 years. Assuming the repair is covered I take it to VW.

I'm told when I arrive that I need to pay a diagnostic fee. When I reply that I suspect it's a warranted repair, I'm told that the clutch, although part of the powertrain, isn't part of the 5 year, 60K warranty but rather is a wearable item not covered. I did leave the car there for the check. I was also told that if it is a warranted repair I wouldn't pay the diagnostic fee.

Please let me know if you've dealt with this and what your thoughts are. Thanks.
Take care to dealership since it is under warranty. If there is a defect, it will be covered under warranty. It will be worth the diagnostic fee to find out.
 
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