so ive had my 07 wrx for a little over a month now and am still trying to figure out this whole shifting thing.. i don't really have a problem starting the car moving in 1st anymore but its the shifting into second and third that tends to be sometimes a little bumpy..
i tend to shift from 1st to 2nd at about 3000rpm and 2nd to 3rd at about the same rpms. i know that im not getting the most power out of the engine this way, but for now im just trying to learn to shift properly.. ive read people say that practice is the only way to learn but sometimes i feel like all im practicing is old bad habits..
there is a balance point when the car is in first and you are starting to roll forward where you apply gas or stall, is this the same point i should be looking for when shifting into 2nd and 3rd?
also, once i get to 3rd or 4th gear and know that i am going to have to stop i usually tend to coast in neutral instead of downshifting.. i know this will wear my brakes but downshifting isn't something im comfortable with yet.. is this really bad?
and last, to end my list of noob questions, when coming into a sharp corner in 3rd or 4th gear, should you down shift before you get to beginning of the turn while slowing down, then accelerate thru the turn.. or should you remain in the higher gear and basically coast around the corner, and then accelerate after the turn is over?
thanks for any help..