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My 2004 Chevrolet Aveo just recently died while my husband was driving it. He had it towed to the dealership where they told him the clutch was totally shot. The car is not quite three years old, only has 45,000KM on it, and has been driven with care. Nobody has learned to drive standard with it or anything like that. Is this normal that a clutch would be needing re doing with so little mileage? I have a 22 yr old Volkswagon Rabbit that has only needed a minor clutch repair. This repair is costing me $1200.00 -we bought a new car to avoid huge repair bills. Just wondered if this was normal or if you had heard of problems like this with the Aveo. Thank you.

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Sarah, It's hard to say why the clutch went bad so quickly. Many times it's the way the driver uses it, but it could also have to do with the actual clutch material or how the clutch is designed to work in that vehicle. I did find a couple TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins) about some issues with the clutch components, so maybe this particular vehicle just doesn't have longevity in their clutches. Ask the dealer for more information regarding the parts or try taking it to another dealership for a second opinion if you still aren't sure. Lori

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