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driving it like a granny will wear a manual out FASTER then aggressive driving will. trying to be easy and smooth to not feel a jerk with your clutch burns it faster. basically trying to mimic a Automatic in terms of shifting will eat clutches.
 

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True

The only time you need to slip the clutch at all is on takeoff, the rest of the shifts it's not required - just extra wear.
I suppose, if you like jerking around. Every car I've ever driven I've feathered the clutch in between gear shifts. Never had a clutch fail.

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It's all a matter of degree, "dumping" it isn't good for anything either.

I was just surprised when first learning to drive a Big Rig properly how much I'd gotten used to a little slip on each shift to smooth them out. Lazy way to get it smooth, the closer you can get the revs to match the less is even needed to keep it nice & smooth.

Large trucks you aren't supposed to slip the clutch at all as a rule, even on starting from a stop. Doesn't mean you pop it, but you let it out smooth & fast. No fuel pedal used to start out, and none between shifts unless you miss & need some to match RPM.
 

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I have a 2013 Focus with a 5 speed manual and I was just told by the dealer that I need my clutch replaced (at about 45,000 miles). Cost is going to be about $1100.

I don't drive the car too aggressively so I'm not sure why the clutch wore out so soon (with one caveat - see below). My only other experience owning a manual was with a late model Pontiac Sunbird with a getrag 5, and I seem to remember not needing a clutch replacement on that until after 100,000 miles.

How long does a clutch typically last in this transmission? I know it depends to a large extent to driving habits, but I'm curious to know what experience other drivers with this transmission have had (I've seen some references saying 40-60K is typical).

I suspect that if mine wore out abnormally early, it is because of how I've been interacting with the car shutoff routine (push button start/stop). I have accidentally dumped the clutch and stalled the car probably 20 or 30 times in the last couple of years because I roll into a parking spot, hit the start/stop button, then put the car in gear and drop the clutch, thinking the engine is off. Because I am still technically in motion when I hit the stop button, the engine doesn't shut off so I end up stalling the car. Exacerbating this problem is that the car is quiet so I don't have an audio cue that the engine is still running, especially if the radio is on. I've learned to be really careful and make sure the engine is truly off before I drop the clutch when I'm parking.

Thanks!
Seriously? I've never had to replace a clutch, I'm 48 and I'm on my fourth stick-shift car. First Focus was a 2000 5-speed manual and it had 155k on it at trade in. Current Focus has 94k on it and the only trouble I've had is that the face of the shift knob is melting and falling apart. Not exactly a costly fix. Even the clutch on my piece of crap '87 Ford Escort GT was reliable. I think you need to get a second opinion (or third, fourth and fifth) from a reputable mechanic in your area. The guy at the dealership clearly sees dollar bills flying off of you and while I'm no mechanic, I would say his explanation sounds dubious. Research local mechanics who specialize in Fords and get more opinions.
 
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