Clutch Hydraulics Reliability
I have been enjoying my '04 GTO [automatic] for 3 1/2 years. It has been reliable and is still an absolutely beautiful low-milage example.
She drowned [in salt water] in the hurricane, and I have been looking for a suitable low-mile replacement.
Today, I drove about 100 miles in each direction to look at a stunning extremely-low-milage example that has a manual transmission. I really, really want this car. BUT...I have been reading for the past three hours about the poorly-designed and troublesome slave cylinder, which seems destined to fail long before the clutch itself does.
This slave is buried in the bell housing and absorbs dust which leads to premature failure of the seal. My Triumph had an external slave that could be replaced in a few minutes.
Am I being paranoid, or is this a real issue that will cause additional big-buck expenses that would not happen on most any other car?
I need some honest input on this.