Q: Bad clutch, slips and makes shifting rough

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I bought my 2010 Mazda3 with a manual transmission because I like the added control you get on downhills. It usually helps my brakes last longer as well. I am experienced with manual transmissions and I never burn out clutches in cars. Now the clutch is slipping in my Mazda3 after only 45,000 miles! Pretty disappointed. Is this a defect or is the factory clutch just weak?

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