On the first go around, the dealer determined that the problem rested with the flywheel. Excessive play(?) They replaced the flywheel and the clutch components. When the car is in 1st gear and under load going uphill I still get a "whir, whir, whir" sound. I believe that the eccentric flywheel damaged the input shaft which is why I still get the noise. All to be determined. Car now has 37K and it's about time I became a pest at the dealership, again.