BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Jun 2004
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Those hydraulic clutches can be a royal pain in the butt, but not a major mechanical issue. My experience is if you don't drive the car for a while, the slave cylinder will leak. If you drive them frequently, they work.
To get it up and running again, it will most likely only require new fluid and bleeding to get the air out. There is a bleeder on the slave cylinder which, when open, should allow air out and gravity to fill the cylinder with fluid with the pedal up. In same cases, for whatever reason, you may need to reverse bleed the system by pumping fluid into the slave bleeder and back up the system to get the air out. Even a little air will cause the pedal to go to the floor. Everything is fairly easy to get to if you don't mind crawling under the car. The clutch master cylinder might be under the dash on that model.
Worse case is you may need to replace the slave cylinder with new, put a new hose on (as they can plug up), and in extreme cases, replace the clutch master cylinder. If the owner has did it before, maybe he could help you out.