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Trans noise growling metal...3rd,4th and 5th low speed

I have a 2000 spyder I just purchased. It has 70K miles. With the top up I notice while driving a metal to metal noise in the transmission in 3rd,4th and 5th gear especially at lower RPMs... Like a growling noise. Is this normal or is the transmission going bad? When the clutch is depressed the noise goes away and you can hear the motor again.

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    i have a growling noise when i am in a low gear,hear it most just as i change gear

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I'm not sure, but that sounds like the throw-out barings. If thats the case and they went before the clutch did, then their could be some big problems up ahead.

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