Thanks for the replies chaps.
I had the brake fluid changed as soon as I got the car - 3 months ago. Is the clutch fluid in the same system as the brake fluid? If so then it will have been changed also. I also had the gearbox oil changed at the same time, with no effect.
However, after a bit of Googling I came up with a mobile clutch guy who seems to know the MTX75 very well and was quite amenable to discussing the symptoms with me. His diagnosis was that it was the clutch on the way out - and gave me a nice easy way to prove it. Basically, with the engine off, just put it into 1st & reverse. It slipped in as easy as anything - his logic being that then proves the gearbox and cables are ok. The garage actually stopped doing a cable swap yesterday as they said the cables moved freely when disconnected from the box - so promptly put them back on - saving a lot of time and the cost of new cables. They only charged me for 1/2 an hour of labour.
He also suggested starting the car in gear (foot on clutch obviously) and/or selecting 3/4 initially and then moving to 1/R which will line things up a bit.
I think at the end of the day I’m faced with getting a new clutch fitted. It’s a 4 or 5 hour job - so I think I’m just going to have to stump up and take the hit.
He also said that it could last quite a while and would start slipping at some point - although the bite point is high and the overall operation of the clutch pedal is quite heavy. MUCH heavier than my XC60 manual which is my other car.
My mileage isn’t that great, so I’ll probably look to get it done in a month or so when funds permit. The irony is that the change 2/3/4/5 is excellent - as was putting it into 1/R with the engine off.
Ill keep you posted.
Cheers - Rob