Subaru Forester 2011, about 110K miles on it.
We've been told by a local mechanic (not a dealer) that the clutch release bearing needs to be replaced. The car makes some noise when shifting and prior to that you could feel some "sloppiness" in the clutch engagement. So the mechanic has concluded this bearing is the cause.
This is a somewhat expensive repair in the $700-800 range.
Apparently on this car its quite a lot of labor to get to the bearing, the transmission has to be removed; so he suggested that it may be worth replacing the clutch assembly while it is all open, essentially as a precautionary measure. The extra cost to do this is about 1/3 to 1/2 more than just the bearing replacement; but could avoid ever having to do this procedure again.
(Specifically he suggested also replacing the pressure plates & pilot bearing).
Its hard to judge if this is worth doing. One thought is to ask him to assess the condition of these other components once the car is opened up; but even if those components are in good shape, maybe it is still prudent to replace them?
It is the original clutch, we've never had any work done on this part of the car before.
UPDATE: We did indeed have the clutch assembly replaced as well. Aside from the prudent advice here the mechanic noted definite wear which he said went beyond preventative maintenance to essentially necessary.