I bought my car 2 yeas old (It's a 2007 335i) with 18k miles on it from the dealership (full factory warranty w/Maintenance) 1 year ago. I own the car for a year now and put 8k miles on it, which brings the total to 26k miles. Now, all of a sudden, i start to see revs go up, but there's virtually no torque left. This happened really fast over a matter of days. I brought it to the dealership (that i generally really like and am extremely happy with and recommend to most of my friends) confident that this is covered by warranty. To my shock they tell me the clutch is a gray area (no maintenance on this according to them - can anybody verify this for me?). They say BMW covers it if it's a mechanical failure, but not wear and tear. I don't know who owned the car before me, but i've driven manuals my whole life and never ever wore out a clutch..and i never even owned a car as new as this one.You can't tell me that it's normal that a clutch is done after 26k miles, or is it? Anyways, In order for them to find out if it's a mechanical failure they have to take the transmission out (9.5 hours of labor), and if BMW then doesn't deem it a mechanical failure i'm stuck with a $1800-3100 bill for all the labor plus the clutch (and possibly even Flywheel). Looking for any input on this matter: Is this the way the BMW warranty works? Doesn't it matter that I bought the car (and most likely many more in the future unless I get too aggravated over this matter) from them just 1 year ago where they supposedly checked it thoroughly? How long should a clutch that's driven average to spirited last in a 335i? Do I have any options in this matter except to give them the go-ahead? That's a lot of money I am not prepared to spend right now. I am a BMW enthusiast (maybe to an unhealthy degree), but this has me really worked up, because the car isn't even 4 years old, yet, and has only 26k miles on it. I appreciate any input - thank you!