Long read... but I really need some advice... I have a 2003 Mazda Protege 5 which I purchased new in January 2004. Since I purchased the vehicle, I have had issues with the clutch/manual transmission. In short, the gears grind and often, the stick won't allow me to shift into a gear unless I pump the clutch many many times, and even then it isn't easy. The problem comes and goes. I have taken it to the dealer (where I purchased the car) and on each occasion they had what amounted to a temporary fix. In February '08, they replaced the master and slave cylinder which once again, solved the problem temporarily. Now I have 94,000k miles and the problem is back. I took it to the dealer yesterday and they bled the hydrolic line to the clutch and the problem went away... for now. They claim the real problem is likely the clutch assembly itself and they quoted me $700. I feel completely abused and I want to know what action I can take. I can't afford a costly repair that should have been handled back when the car was still covered under warrenty.