So after a month and a little over 1000 miles with my first manual transmission car, I wanted to put down some observations, and get everyone's input.... also looking to get a couple questions answered. Thanks in advance! (If this is not the correct board I apologize).
- Clutch engages pretty high, so I start releasing it before using any gas at all. I try to just almost find the friction point, gas it, then slip it a little for a smooth start.
- Clutch seemed to be grabbier at first, but seems easier to get it moving now. Some of this is I'm getting better at it, but I do think it's not as grabby as well.
- I was getting the burning clutch smell for a while, but after about 500 miles or so I wasn't smelling it as much. I couldn't smell it in the car, just as I'd get out and walk in front of it.
- Hill assist has been nice, and annoying in some situations. It's nice on very steep hills to not roll back, however I lose the feel on when/how it's engaging; but overall I think I like it. Also, if you don't depress the brake pedal very hard, the hill assist will not be used.
- Reverse sometimes doesn't go in the first time, but going to first and back to reverse seems to do the trick.
- The RPM dip as it's engaging. Should I be trying to keep the RPM steady, or is the dip to be expected? If I start at around 1k they don't dip much, but it's a pretty slow start.
- Not for launching, but in situations where I need to start more quickly (making a left turn in front of traffic for example), I've been just more gas earlier (getting it up around 2k-2.2k) and letting the clutch out a little faster. Is this the correct approach?
During normal driving and shifting around 2500-3000 rpm, I've noticed the RPM drop as follows:
- 1st - 2nd : drops about 1100 rpm - Usually a little bumpy shift
- 2nd - 3rd : drops about 900 rpm
- 3rd - 4th : drops about 600 rpm
- 4th - 5th : drops about 500 rpm - A little notchy to get into, and takes me longer than the rest of the gears.
- As I start to wind it out, and shift around 6,000 rpm, the rpm will drop more between each gear, correct? By how much? It seems like it'll be harder to get smooth shifts with even bigger drops, as 1100 is pretty large as it is.
- Shifting at these higher rpm, should I be easing the clutch out (not terribly slow but controlling the release for about a second), or just dropping it?
This seems to be the most difficult so far. In the two situations for down shifting I take different approaches.
- For engine breaking when coming to a stop, I usually downshift from 5-4, then 4-3, but do not rev match. I just ease the clutch out to make it smoother. Once I get to lower RPM/speed in 3rd I just throw it in neutral.
- Downshifting to accelerate I attempt to rev match, but it is a little tricky. I'm wondering what the proper way to do this without burning up clutch is. I find if I hit the throttle a little harder as I'm downshifting shifting to keep the RPM where they're at and have em rise a little, I get the smoothest results.
- When downshifting to accelerate, should I be, clutch in (now rpms start to drop), ride the gas to the appropriate RPM, then ease out the clutch? Or should it be clutch in, blip the throttle, then drop the clutch?
- The car is alot of fun. Hugs the road and always seems like it wants to go faster.
- Keeping it under 4k RPM has been tough, but it'll be nice to let it loose now. Getting that full synthetic oil change soon.
- The bluetooth integration is nice. Spotify premium + bluetooth is a great combo! However I'm running into on and off issues with my iphone thanks to iOS6.
- The seats hold you in pretty well, and my passengers have said it's pretty roomy in the back.
- The stock shift knob is lame (IMO) and replaced it with a Cobb Knob.
- I'm thinking about getting a short throw shifter... basically just seems like it could be fun.
- Premium gas is about $4.39/gal, but whatever haha