First Grabber, thanks for the info, it was exactly how you described. I placed the order for "ALL" of the clutch components from Tasca Ford. Let me state clearly; these guys are polite and very knowledgeable. Second, I just fell victim to the "clutch" controversy which in my opinion is a black mark on Ford and the Ford tradition of "Quality Job 1". I'm not a ricky racer. Most of my travels are highway commuting miles with plenty of troopers around. At a nice forgiving age of 50 plus years, I enjoy the ride more than the throttle which I know some of you out there are saying what a waste of car. I'm not out to impress anyone, and my peers and I share similar interests, owning quite of few muscle collectors out there. It's unfortunate that my clutch decided to ends it's life at 19,000 miles. I bought the extended warranty pushing well past the 3/36 coverage like good old guys do when they have extra money to protect their assets; more importantly so as not to waste time. After all, time is money. I took it to the dealer and told them point blank, clutch is slipping. After a 15 minute interrogation about clutch anatomy 101, they stated it had to be diagnosed with a computer to be sure. I've driven a stick for over 30 years, from Duece and 1/2 trucks in the War to 5 speed Dodge Omnis, so I know when a clutch is going bad and this was no exception. Still didn't matter, they soaked me for a computer diagonistic test to trouble shoot a physical problem a test drive would have concluded. I'm still scratching my head over this one. I was told the cost of the test would be covered under the warranty as part of the clutch change. Turns out it was not covered because Ford considers this to be a wear item and neither the original warranty, nor the extended warranty, will cover it. So I'm out on two counts, no clutch repair and $99.13 for a computer test. If I knew upfront, time of sale, this particular clutch in question was only good for 19 or 20 thousand miles, I would have bought a 3rd extended wear item warranty offered by dealerships only at the time of sale. This type of warranty covers wear items like clutches, brakes, and even oil changes. You'd have to follow a strict maintenance schedule bringing it in when they say to in order to keep it valid, but they do it all. Truth is, most reasonable folks don't walk into a dealerships expecting a new car to wear out so fast, especially, a GT500 which by design symbolizes Ford excellence, pride, and power. If they did, by connecting the dots, e.g. Ford = high wear parts = excessive repair cost, they buy elsewhere and skip the whole warranty game. I'm disappointed, but not surprised.
Edited by KiMO Racing, 13 August 2012 - 08:13 AM.