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Re: ckutch, throw out bearing replacement
You can tell a bad throwout bearing by a whining (or grinding if really bad) noise when the clutch pedal is pressed. The throwout bearing is normally idle. When you press the pedal, the bearing presses on the clutch springs and separates the disk from the pressure plate. Yes, a new clutch is a really good idea since you're getting the labor for free. While you're at it, you should replace everything, including clutch plate, pressure plate, pilot bearing and slave cylinder. That way, you know that everything is good and new and won't have to pull the transmission for many miles. It sure beats having to pull the trans 5,000 miles later because something else wore out.
I would offer the lesser amount and either do the clutch myself or have it done and done right. If you have the seller do it, he may go the cheap route. Just make sure that the transmission is good (i.e. smooth shifting, no grinding noises, etc.).