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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
^^^Yes, hydraulic clutches automatically take up the slack. But if the disc is worn down pretty bad you'll get slipping. Cheapest clutch kit I've seen is from AutohausAZ for $217.
Your clutch should be engaging somewhere about halfway to 3/4 down to the floor, if it's catching closer towards the top of the travel, then your clutch disc is wearing. I think your first step should be to replace and bleed the brake/clutch fluid, check for any leaks in the cylinders and lines. A spongy feel to the pedal usually indicates air in the lines. Both cylinders are probably still okay; when they fail, the pedal will just fall to the floor and not return because the cylinder can no longer build pressure. Also listen for any weird sounds inside or outside the car when operating the pedal, that may give you some clues.