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Clutch takeup or feel can change during the same drive

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I have a 2004 Passat GLX V6 5spd. One thing I have noticed lately is that the engagement point of the clutch can vary, sometimes during the same drive.

Normally, the clutch starts engaging 1.5-2 inches from the floor. But occasionally I notice it engaging much faster - like within .75-1 inch from the floor. And then within a few presses it returns to the usual take-up.

Anyone else experience this? If I bleed the clutch line, would I then expect it to change to the faster engagement? That's about the only thing I can think of.

The clutch is not slipping. It was replaced about 20k miles and 18 months ago (due to wear from the previous owner).
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One other thing to keep in mind:
That clutch hydraulic hose is now >13 years old - and, they can (and do) get soft with age. Soft hose = hose (basically) absorbs some of the hydraulic pressure (because it balloons out slightly under pressure) = clutch feels "weird."

I would suggest "replace the clutch hose, and bleed it."
While you're at that.... When was the last time that the car had an actual brake fluid change? It does age, and does need to be replaced (flushed with new fluid), every 2 years.
And, over the years, I've actually fixed quite a few "transmission problems", with a simple brake fluid change (because there was so much crap in the fluid that the clutch wouldn't quite fully disengage. The crap compresses.)
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