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To clutch or not to clutch,that is the question?

My roundnose is nearing 110k and the clutch pedal is almost on the floor before it'll change gears. It grinds into 1st and reverse and several bleeds of the system have had no effect.
My local garage reckon the clutch plate springs are worn and weak and this week it's getting more of a struggle to change gear.
My quandary is that although she's a fairly reliable old girl her bodywork is quite poor and I'm not convinced that the cost of a new clutch could be sensibly justified.
To balance it out,she owes me nothing,always starts,has new tyres and various other bits recently.
My other concern would be the dmf,as if that's duff then it really would be a struggle to justify getting it done, especially as I couldn't do the job myself.
So,what would you do and if you've recently had a clutch replaced,what did it cost?
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Re: To clutch or not to clutch,that is the question?

Only you and you alone can make the choice simple And you know that.
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Re: To clutch or not to clutch,that is the question?

Get underneath and have a good look for rust or anything else that needs doing and make s choice
That being said after 110k and however many it more then likely will need a dmf as well but they may not be as expensive as you think depending on the engine anyway
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Re: To clutch or not to clutch,that is the question?

Thanks for the replies. She's fairly solid underneath but the laquer is starting to fail on most panels up top. Engine is the 115 JTD.
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Re: To clutch or not to clutch,that is the question?

I ran one to 175,000 miles with no DMF change. It was mapped to 150 BHP.
My current round nose is 135 k with no DMF

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Re: To clutch or not to clutch,that is the question?

I'm in a similar position, Ole Blue has 135k on it and a low down clutch.
I've had this ole shed for a day or two now and in all honesty it owes me nowt. It's never failed to get me where I'm going, be it Munich or the Algarve - and it's done both several times, so a little investment might be in order. I haven't looked into parts n prices yet but if all else fails I'm prepared to go 'old fashioned' - going back to a solid flywheel. (I don't like the concept of DMF's anyway - leave the springs in the clutch plate where they belong).
If I was you Tubs I'd tend to consider both the merits and debits before making a final decision. It don't owe you anything so why not put back into it what it's given you. Like me you could look into going back to non DMF (are you certain yours is DMF?) There were a lot of the bugs built with 'normal clutch units, before they went DMF. I'm a bit surprised you've only got 110k on the clutch, I might have expected another 10k or so.
Keep us posted.
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