I'm new and and don't know much about cars, and looking for a little bit of advice. I just purchased a used manual car with 30k miles. It has a 1 year bumper to bumper and 100k power train warranty. After I purchased it, every so often when trying to shift from 1st to 2nd it wouldn't go into gear and have a loud grinding noise. At first I thought it could just be some poor driving on my part, but I have been driving manual for a few years now. I made sure that my clutch was fully depressed when this was happening. This was happening anywhere from 2K rpms and up, so I wasn't redlining it or anything. I did a lot of research and talk to a lot of my car buddies. Everything is pointing to a synchro problem. I took it into the dealership just now and instantly they're telling me its a clutch issue, which I know is not cover under warranty. I knew the clutch did need replacing when I first drove it. This is why my salesman cut me a "deal" with $300 off the car price for that issue. I guess my question is, could it really be a clutch issue? If I go back and they're telling me this, I would just like to be as well informed as possible so I don't get taken advantage of. Thanks for any advice in advance.
You only got 300 off for a bad clutch that isnt enough to cover its replacement. If its only in one gear that sounds like Synchronizer failing. If the clutch was failing it would effect all the gears.
October, 1, 2012 AT 4:14 PM
Yea, I know now that $300 off wasn't a good deal. I thought it was because it only cost me $400 to replace on my old 2001 Elantra. Then I looked up clutch prices for my Mazda after : p. It is only that one gear, so everything does point to synchros. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
October, 1, 2012 AT 7:42 PM
Your welcome thats what were here for. Also the clutch itself isnt the expensive part the labor to put it in is.