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If you've had a clutch failure, please post mileage and symptoms - if possible the culprit as well. Not trying to scare anybody - the vast majority are fine - but if you're about to buy a new ST you might add it to the list of things to check, and if you have a strong clutch smell from normal driving, you should probably take it in.

Mine (IS ST2) was ~60mi, the day I got it. Clutch started slipping, slipping more, then failed completely. Dealer thought it was the slave cylinder, but wasn't totally sure.

6speed (PB ST2) - 1,100 mi; clutch wouldn't release from a stop light
Hoser (PB ST1) - Fixed pre-delivery!
RallyST (PB ST1) - 8,000 mi; Clutch slipping at bottom of each gear.
hamholla (TB ST2) - 6,500 miles. Pedal was glued to the floor, messed with it and got it to return to the full rest position. Pedal only had about half the range it used to. Car wouldn't hold any significant amount of torque. (NOT COVERED -$1,920)
DizzyST (IS ST2) - 2,000 miles. It started to slip about about 100 miles before it died. Clutch smell was horrible during that 100 mile stint.
Pinky - 3 days old. 400km. stopped at a red light and clutch glued itself to the floor. dealership says master and slave cylinder both pooched.
Alpo - 300 mi; after depressing the pedal the clutch pedal five or six times, it would not return from the floor.
Lets-go (RR ST3) - 2,000 miles. Clutch pedal suddenly stuck to floor, fluid dripping from bell housing. Full clutch assembly replacement.
...and several more; haven't been keeping track. Long story short, if you drive normally, haven't been riding the clutch or anything and it stinks to high heaven, just take it in.
 

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How many miles did you get the car with and not to sound like an ass but do you really know how to drive stick and done it for a while
 

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How many miles did you get the car with and not to sound like an ass but do you really know how to drive stick and done it for a while
Car had ~30 miles, died after a drive across dfw with ~60 miles. I learned stick on a Plymouth breeze, and also a Ranger. Even if I had been brand new - are you saying a beat up Plymouth should be able to handle a new driver while a brand new sport clutch can't?
 

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And for the record it looks like all of the clutch problems I've seen were on a handful of earlier production cars - I just put this up to see if any had problems but didn't speak up.
 

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Around 1100 miles I was pulling out from a stop light and my clutch wouldn't release, it burned the whole way to the dealership, got a new pressure plate and clutch.
 

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I have yet to have my car delivered because the dealership found some type of leak in the clutch system and have had to replace the entire clutch and flywheel. I'm not sure of the details but I will be by the time I sign for this car!
 

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I have yet to have my car delivered because the dealership found some type of leak in the clutch system and have had to replace the entire clutch and flywheel. I'm not sure of the details but I will be by the time I sign for this car!
Sounds like the slave cylinder. If you get brake fluid on the clutch disc it's trash.
 

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I have yet to have my car delivered because the dealership found some type of leak in the clutch system and have had to replace the entire clutch and flywheel. I'm not sure of the details but I will be by the time I sign for this car!
Sounds exactly like what happened to my car; clutch got soaked and took everything else with it
 

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I would have also been a victim of early clutch failure if I hadn't taken the Pre-Delivery Quality checklist from this forum and sent it to my dealership requesting they specifically look at the items on it regardless of whether it was on their own checklist or not.

That made the dealer take another good look at the car, and they found the leaky clutch.
 

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I have a 7 year 70k mile warranty. Does that cover the clutch?
I would assume it would cover a catastrophic failure VERY early in the car's life if you can prove no abuse was done, but if you've got miles on the car it's a wear item which isn't covered.
 

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But Ford would cover that as part of the normal warranty though, not due to the extended one, right?
No. Its not part of a normal 36k warranty.

I had mine replaced in my ranger but I alo had less than 10k mikes on it. Thats the only reason they did it not because it an actual warrantied item.

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But Ford would cover that as part of the normal warranty though, not due to the extended one, right?
Neither the factory warranty nor an extension of the factory warranty will cover the clutch. You need an extended *service* plan if you want that stuff covered.
 

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Pretty much if a major wear item goes out during the first 12 months or 12,000 miles it may be covered. Not saying it will, but there is a "12/12" no matter what warranty that I have seen cover brakes, wiper blades, and other wear items. May depend on the dealership and them willing to take a hit on warranty claims and their own bottom line.
 

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Pretty much if a major wear item goes out during the first 12 months or 12,000 miles it may be covered. Not saying it will, but there is a "12/12" no matter what warranty that I have seen cover brakes, wiper blades, and other wear items. May depend on the dealership and them willing to take a hit on warranty claims and their own bottom line.
I was told by my dealer(in Canada) that even wear are covered for the first year.
 

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My clutch is starting to slip when I shift at high rpm under wot. Also the pedal grabs really high now... I took it in they said everything was fine... I'm going to bring it again next weekend.
 

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My clutch is starting to slip when I shift at high rpm under wot. Also the pedal grabs really high now... I took it in they said everything was fine... I'm going to bring it again next weekend.
If you start slipping in gear, foot off the clutch, just take it in or get a tow.
 
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