I hate my fan clutch. I hate it more after I replaced it. When it crapped out originally, the fan would ROAR after I came out of a passing gear. It was soooooooooo loud. I replaced it and that stopped. But now the fan roars on start up or when the outside temp. hits about 85. (I have the plastic fan BTW.)
It's been cold for a few days, but when it's warm, that thing spins right up and roars away. Its so stupidly loud. My logic on replacing the clutch instead of going to electric fans was simple. As long as the motor is turning I am getting air.
I should have gone electric. The damn fan actually drowns the sound of my exhaust out when I am cruising around town! If you have to get on the gas to pass or accelerate, that damn clutch ROARS to life. I can tell it is working, but it seems like I actually lose power when it comes on. I think it is the perception that I making all this damn noise but not really accelerating.......
My wifes electric fans work great on her 1999 Mazda Protege ES. It's super quite............no roar.