My fist just got 5k miles. I've noticed a big difference in clutch engage since brand new. Its almost to the point of full clutch release. I currently can get into gear without using the clutch. 3rd gear specifically. I haven't done that much racing or been abusing the car. I've done some spirited driving but not doing a lot of clutch work. So I am thinking it must be a defective clutch. Come one its just 5k miles it shouldn't be like this even if abused. Has anyone experienced a defective clutch? Is this all just normal? I am not missing shifts or anything besides that 3rd gear going without clutch. This is my first manual car but i have driven plenty before.