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Originally Posted by Jane View Post
So far I havent experienced any of the problems I had before getting into second gear, but first is very occasionally tough to get into, though nowhere near as frequent as before.
I read somewhere, might have been on here in fact, that the (relative) difficulty of changing from 2nd down to 1st whilst going at much above an idle is a 'safety feature', presumably to prevent damage to the transmission[*] - on my Clio at least, changing down into 1st can be a real 'ram the gear lever through the bulkhead' job at times

One of the few bits of my driving lessons that stuck was not to put the car into first gear too early - oftentimes I think my driving instructor wondered whether his engine would last the day once I got behind the wheel
[*] - If I can find the link I'll post it. It's gonna bug me now ..
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