First, let me say that I'm the proud owner of a 2007 STi... Trademark WR Blue and gold.. Needless to say, I don't mind driving places anymore..
With that out of the way, I have a question. I've had my car for all of 1 week now, and am still in my break-in period. So, I'm a bit confused about my shifter. Shifting was smooth as butter when I picked up my car. I was a little surprised since I had read about so many people complaining about the shifter being 'notchy'. Well, low and behold, I awaken today to find my shifter ridiculously hard to shift. 1->2 and 2->3 almost wouldn't happen. Ever since, it's been quite rough. Rather than a smooth flow from one gear to the next, it moves in stepped increments. It pops from 1rst to some middle region between 1rst and 2nd, and then into second. Same thing happens for 2-> 3. 3->4 is sometimes smooth and sometimes resistant.
Now, I've surfed through the forums for a while. I know that some people find it notchy, others talk about it needing to warm up, and yet others talk about factor defects.. It's been about a decade, since I've driven a stick so I'm not sure what qualifies as 'notchy'.. I haven't been rough with the car, and I've never stalled. I ease out on the upshift and rev match on the downshift.
I'm just a bit concerned because it is a hardcore difference from the ultrasmooth shifting I had the first 5 days.. Not really problematic, but very coarse.. I don't want to run it too much and get told that the problem is from 'abuse' if it later becomes a problem because I didn't get it checked out sooner.
I would just take it up to subaru, but I don't have a whole lot of faith in the dealership here.
Sorry for a stupid long first post..