Re: Clutch and Flywheel replacement - costs and advice
Have a read of this... It should help you decide.
Daily telegraph & honest John (online mechanic) review on DMF
It's very common, unfortunately. Dual mass flywheels (DMFs) have been an unmitigated disaster. The reason for them is to absorb some of the engine torque, putting less strain on the transmission, particularly on the upchange from first to second. But their failure rate has been so high that companies like Ford and Mazda are now abandoning them in favour of ECU software that damps the throttle on upchanges, achieving much the same effect without the huge cost of having to replace DMFs every 60,000 miles.
My clutch has just started to judder (5yr old only 29000miles) so been doing my homework, as an ex fitter an garage owner I was going to do it myself, but time and the warranty factor don't make it viable for me to do it.
If you buy the parts and fit them, you have warranty on parts only, if a garage does it you'll get parts and labour warranty...
Inc vat, £400 parts and £300 ish labour seems to be the going rate for the dual mass flywheel conversation kit to a solid clutch, that's a new flywheel/clutch plate/clutch cover and release bearing. Although the initial purchase of the conversation is more expensive than replacing a DMF with a DMF- in the long run you'll find it cheaper. Do be aware though, the DMF is there to reduce vibration and torque stress through gear changes...easy acceleration from standstill is always a good way of saving your driveline !
My navs booked in 21/5/12 for the converstion, quoted £700 all in with (whilst im the owner/non transferable) lifetime warranty.
I'll post back on here when it's done.
Hope that helps.