Kia Rio clutch is slippin' saga. Read, Rio Owners!

2002 kia rio. 5 speed manual transmission.
Problem - Clutch slips under acceleration (moderate to hard accel.) Holds fine for cruising or driving like ol' grandpa.
Dealer: (8,000miles) "That's a WEAR item. Not under warranty. Put in a new clutch and start over!" (on the east side of New Orleans, LA).
Dealer: (19,000 miles) see above line. (Family Kia St.Augustine).
Fast forward to present: 93,000 miles. Same clutch, same problem. Non-kia Dealer removes engine (replace your timing belt when required, kiddies!) Mechanic sees that clutch, pressure plate, etc area is totally soaked in oil. Engine never consumed any oil (ok maybe a quart, but changed motor oil always on schedule). Seal for manual transaxle is bad. Probably has been bad all along. Watch out for this problem!
Ron the green Rio driver FL
PS if you want photos of Kia engine demolished unto itself email wyhi snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com and I'll show you them via jpg and also shots of crushed spark plugs from Kia Rio 2002 1.5 liter engine!
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"Problem - Clutch slips under acceleration (moderate to hard accel.) Holds fine for cruising or driving like ol' grandpa.
Dealer: (8,000miles) "That's a WEAR item. Not under warranty. Put in a new clutch and start over!" (on the east side of New Orleans, LA)."
I know it's a little post-mortem for this, but I was under the impression that the clutch disk was covered for 12/12,000 for defects only. Obviously, slipping within the first 8,000 miles would indicate a defective clutch to me.
" Non-kia Dealer removes engine (replace your timing belt when required, kiddies!) Mechanic sees that clutch, pressure plate, etc area is totally soaked in oil. Engine never consumed any oil (ok maybe a quart, but changed motor oil always on schedule). Seal for manual transaxle is bad. Probably has been bad all along. Watch out for this problem! "
Hence the reason I love my 97 sephia. The 1.8l engine used up to 1997 is non-interference, if you break the timing belt the enine will stall. No damage to valves, head, or pistons. But having said that, it tells you right in the manual to change the belt every 60,000 miles unless you live in california. I think the cali requirement is 100,000 miles.
Chris
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Well, duh. It's a piece of junk gearbox. Most magazines note this and recommend the automatic as it works better, believe it or not, and is covered by the warranty.
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