Driving down the freeway in Los Angeles during rush hour yesterday my 2012 6-speed manual Kia Soul with less than 10k miles on it stopped accelerating. I barely got it over to the side of the road and noticed a distinctive smell. Two tow trucks later it was at the nearest dealer who told me it was the clutch. They wouldn't be able to say what caused the issue until they did some disassembly and there would be a 3 day wait for a verdict because of the holiday. A mechanic did tell me it was an expensive repair because the transmission has to come out. Are there other reports of manufacturing defects in the clutch assembly of 2012's? I've had a number of manual transmission cars and have never gotten less than 40,000 miles out of a clutch. If the dealer attempts to blame driver error is this worth contesting? I have no interest in paying for an expensive repair and then contiuing to drive a car which seems flimsy in this regard.