Vauxhall Insignia Burnt Out Clutch

2009 Vauxhall Insignia Problem

CarVauxhall Insignia 1.8
OwnerNoel 123
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I have driven over one million miles spaning a period of around fifty years and never burnt out a clutch . I have taught learners and undertaken four separate driving instruction courses. Can someone please explain why, having covered only 3,800 miles (yes 3,800) in a 2009 Vauxhall Insignia,the clutch has failed and I am presented with a bill for £1600.(wear and tear not covered by warranty) Apparently,after driving the equivalent of the distance to the moon several times,I am guilty of total mechanical incompetance. Incidentally, the clutch plate was worn to the rivets on both sides and it seem to happen without warning.
Problem Category
Gearbox & Clutch

Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights

Leaks & Noises, Interior and Bodywork

Solution 1
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11707 | View Garage
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Vauxhall like all other car manufacturers take the stance that if it is a faulty / defective part then it will be covered under warranty.Unless you can prove that a centre plate worn down to rivets was caused by a fault with clutch assembly or other defect , they normally wont entertain a claim.The only other way is if they make a contribution towards the repair or accept responsibility and the cost as a " company gesture " Unless you can find evidence of faulty clutches / flywheels or possibly modified parts concerning this , you face a battle to get recompensed . Best of luck , like to hear outcome of this .

Posted on Saturday 5th of February 2011
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Noel 123 | Driver | Since: Feb 2011 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
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Can anyone explain to me why the Insignia was awarded the 2009 "Car of the Year Award"? The more I read about VX faulty DMFs and clutches, the more I despair. Pity the senior management didn`t share the same attitude
and stopped playing the "wear and tear" get out of jail free card. Perhaps the court may view things slightly differently.

Posted on Monday 7th of February 2011
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Solution 2
sandwichman | Driver | Since: Apr 2011 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 3 | View Garage
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I wonder how long the experts would say a clutch should last if the worst drive imaginable were driving the car?

Driven properly a clutch should last at least 100k miles. My old cav didn't have a new one in 150k miles. So, I imagine even with the poorest driver it would be difficult to destroy a clutch like that in less than 4k miles.

I suggest you dig in.

Posted on Monday 4th of April 2011
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Bartr | Driver | Since: Nov 2011 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
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Hi Noel 123,

My Dad experienced the same problem with his Vauxhall Insignia 1.8 Exclusive. He only done 6300 miles before the vehicle broke down. It was taken to Vauxhall dealer with all familiar consequences, that is it's his own fault and hence he is to pay £1600.00. Dealer wants to know nothing and so do Vauxhall Customer Care Team. He has been driving for over 40 years and never had similar problem with other cars, let alone a nearly new with such a low milage.
I would be very grateful if you could advise whether you managed to resolve the issue?
Any relevant advise will be highly appreciated.

Posted on Wednesday 23rd of November 2011
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Judge | Driver | Since: Dec 2011 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
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I have had the same problem burnt out clutch on a 2009 sports tourer with 20'000 on the clock and looking at a 1600 pound bill. Thanks vauxhall I should of stayed with my Subaru

Posted on Saturday 17th of December 2011
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