Hi our 2005 Legacy GT 5mt with 115k has encountered a throw out bearing failure based on a squeaking/whirring/chirping sound. Apparently its a common failure to this particular car (turbo Legacy).
Of course the $50 part requires a decent amount of labor to access inside transmission. The clutch actually works really well as my wife is really gentle on them even with the squeak. She keeps cars to 200k-300k and never changed a clutch out.
The mechanic thinks without looking the existing flywheel can likely be cleaned up and reused based his previous experience. He will change the balance of clutch parts including labor for around $1000. The flywheel is an additional $500+ part.
My question is it not prudent to spend 50% more and change the flywheel out? Opinions?