Alright, I've had my cabrio for just over a year, and, seeing as how I'm jaded by the fact that it's my first car, let alone my first manual, I've always thought it was perfect. My father and grandfather have told me after driving it that this is probably the hardest clutch they've ever had to manipulate, and I learned the hard way...but I really had nothing to compare it to. So, upon driving my dear friend's "new" used VW Beetle Turbo S 6-speed a few days ago, I've decided that there's a real issue here. THe VeeDub's clutch was so light, and I didn't have to take my heel off the floor to push it in like in my car! (I figured that wasn't normal.) At the beginning of the summer, my dad and I replaced the clutch slave cylinder (at his recommendation), and the only noticeable result of this was that the take-up point rose to about 65% pedal depression from about 87% of the way to the floor. No reduction in effort, though. I mean, it's really REALLY heavy...my left leg is clearly stronger than my right at this point...lol. Any ideas or suggestions? I'd like to eventually get it checked out at an independent guy over here who specializes in German autos...see what he says, too.