Well I just read this entire thread and had some thoughts. First, it's unfortunate that this happened originally. I have a sport 4x4 with the same power plant and have smelled the clutch a couple times already with mild off road attempts and less than 5000 miles...
I hope you get what's right out of the suit. It sounds like you have a decent case.
To the recent posts about whether the manual should be off road or not, and gear ratios and crawl ratios, etc. I've had serious struggles not stalling or burning the clutch trying to conquer such simple items as steep hills. Not even off road, just steep grades from a dead stop. Also trying to crawl over a fallen log, a planter curb in a parking lot, and a small sandy hill near the beach, have all been impossible without backing away and then hitting it with some momentum and the clutch already engaged and "popping" up and over them. There is a reason only the trailhawk is marked as trail rated by jeep.
It is a bit misleading for Jeep to show Renegades offroading in commercials and talking about most capable when not all of the trims and power plants are equal. I'll say this, my next Jeep will either be a Cherokee TH or a wrangler. I've always driven manuals so I'd lean towards a wrangler but I've really enjoyed my rides and time behind the wheel in a CTH.
Hope you get the buyback or the whole check covered, if my clutch goes in similar use to what I've come to realize is off eading within my vehicle's limit, I certainly won't wait months if my dealer tries telling me it's not covered by warranty. Good luck
Last edited by andyoconnor83; 03-03-2017 at 04:08 AM.