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My 4C has just turned 5. I became disappointed with my dealership (I know, big shock) since their capable staff left and now... I'll not get into it here.
Found a new dealership that is highly rated and made an appointment for yearly maintenance.


With 27000 km on the clock she deserves the usual attention, also the airco seems to have stopped working effectively so needs looking at, and per the manual 5 years means having the timing belt replaced.
I'm thinking the belt is probably still fine but since I tend to rev the nuts off it, better to be safe than sorry.


Question to you guys & girls: did anyone have their 5-year-maintenance, and would it be a good idea to also have the clutch pre-emptively exchanged while the timing belt is worked on?


Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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My 4C has just turned 5. I became disappointed with my dealership (I know, big shock) since their capable staff left and now... I'll not get into it here.
Found a new dealership that is highly rated and made an appointment for yearly maintenance.


With 27000 km on the clock she deserves the usual attention, also the airco seems to have stopped working effectively so needs looking at, and per the manual 5 years means having the timing belt replaced.
I'm thinking the belt is probably still fine but since I tend to rev the nuts off it, better to be safe than sorry.


Question to you guys & girls: did anyone have their 5-year-maintenance, and would it be a good idea to also have the clutch pre-emptively exchanged while the timing belt is worked on?


Thanks in advance for the feedback.
What blast from the past lurr. Welcome back. Nice to have you posting again.
I’m doing the five year timing belt, accessory belt, tensioner pulleys and water pump replacement when the time comes. I wouldn’t bother with a clutch change unless you’ve been doing race launches every day for the past five years. Not that it is particularly relevant but I had the clutch changed on my 147 at around 110,000km to find it was only half worn. (My son was learning to drive and I thought a new clutch would have a better feel to it.) So clutch wear will simply be a matter of how harshly you’ve treated it. At 27,000km of reasonable use I think she’ll be good for another 5 years at least.
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Hello Lurrr,

I'm over 90.000 km and clutch is still holding on, even with Race ECU.
Jamie doesn't even sees the need changing the clutch to carbon with his hybrid turbo (325bhp), so I guess you're safe.

Let us know how your maintenance went, as mine is coming in october.

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Welcome back lurrr.
It's a wonder that you were able to find a dealership at all, on Omicron Persei VIII.

I cannot help from personal experience, but I only recall one or two clutch replacements reported on the board so far. Those were failures, meaning that stuff can happen. But given the abuse that a number of these cars have been exposed to, I don't think that a pre-emptive clutch replacement is warranted at 27,000KM (unless most of that is on the racetrack!).

Hope you stick around. We've disposed of the difficult people from the past. Except me - I'm still here!
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Thanks all for the feedback - much appreciated. Will let you know how it gets on.
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Turns out my newly-found dealership are quite courteous and nice to deal with.
Not total opposite of before but close to that. Couldn't be happier with them at this point.



I had also made sure to request the cam belt change. Mechanic reported he had a real struggle to take one of the camshaft bolts (the right hand one) but in the end got the job done. Water pump comes off and is replaced as well.

Airco stopped working effectively but luckily it was solved by simply adding the needed fluids. No big surprise with the bill. In fact the 4C is - knock on wood - turning out to be ridiculously cheap to run over these 5 years.


So service went ok, I also had some Pogea hoses and a BMC filter added. Anyway thanks for the advice on the clutch guys.
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Turns out my newly-found dealership are quite courteous and nice to deal with.
Not total opposite of before but close to that. Couldn't be happier with them at this point.



I had also made sure to request the cam belt change. Mechanic reported he had a real struggle to take one of the camshaft bolts (the right hand one) but in the end got the job done. Water pump comes off and is replaced as well.

Airco stopped working effectively but luckily it was solved by simply adding the needed fluids. No big surprise with the bill. In fact the 4C is - knock on wood - turning out to be ridiculously cheap to run over these 5 years.


So service went ok, I also had some Pogea hoses and a BMC filter added. Anyway thanks for the advice on the clutch guys.
Just so you know, Jamie Porter did a clutch replacement for one of his clients at 80,000 miles (~130,000km), so I think youíll be safe for a while. Enjoy your 4C, Lurr.
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Iím at 4 years freshly owning the car

2015 model has 27,000ks

Itís had two services a 11k and a recent 26.5k service

So only did 500ks before it sold to me

Should I be doing a 30k service soon and belts or just wait a year or 3000ks
I think 5 years is fine if you donít spend all your time idling in city traffic. For the record, thatís what Iím doing. The cam belt (and the rest of it) service interval is based on time and the type of usage, so itís you who will have to be the honest judge of that.
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For what it's worth: the belt that came off mine after 5 years and 27000km of fast road use was actually looking fine. I just didn't think it was worth the risk but probably could have skipped it.
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