I've got a 57 reg. 40,000 mile S3 that is completely standard (apart from led numberplate bulbs). The clutch started slipping about 5000-6000 miles ago. It would only slip a little when cold for the first mile or so. In the last week, it's started to slip even after the car has done a 20 mile journey. It only slips for a small amount when the car is under load, e.g. Accelerating in 6th from around 50mph as the boost cuts in. I've just spoken to my dealer who recommends getting it replaced as soon as possible as if it continues to slip, the DMF can heat up and get damaged and may also need to be replaced at an additional cost of around £900. They have quoted me £799 to do the clutch excluding the DMF.
1) Is this a normal amount of miles for an S3 clutch before it needs replacing?
2) Does it need to be replaced ASAP as advised?
3) Does the costs sound about right?
Looking on Eurocarparts, a LUK clutch assembly and flywheel costs about £500. Is this the same brand as Audi use?
Any advice welcome.