I have a '98 Rodeo and the clutch catches extremely high up the pedal. It's probably 1-2" down (90% up in the travel). The clutch does not slip at all and the car runs great. Is this indicative of anything going wrong? The clutch has about 50k miles on it.
The short answer is probably no, this is not bad. Inconvenient at times but likely just fine.
The longer answer requires a little more information:
Is the clutch fully disengaged after it's depressed past that 2 inch mark? Or is that just the point at which it really catches? It's possible that the clutch is still slipping at that point, making for a very non-linear feel.
My old diesel VW Rabbit was like that, making it very hard to teach my future wife how to drive a manual transmission....
Every clutch is a little bit different.
As long as you understand where the clutch engages, you will be fine. I believe the biggest factor in whether a clutch will last a long time is:
- Riding the clutch, driving for long distances with the clutch partially engaged
- Dropping the clutch, i.e.- racing starts
- Slowing down the vehicle by downshifting and using the engine backpressure to slow the car down.
I have had a clutch that grabs a 1/4" off the floorboard and a clutch that grabs 1/4" from the top. As long as you know where it grabs and you adjust your clutching style to match it, you shouldn't have any problems.
Now, if the clutch grabs close to the top, you can do quicker shifts, but I doubt that is important in a Rodeo.