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Me and My Tranny

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I love this tranny, but I got something unexpected...

I've had my '07 Civic Si for a couple of weeks now, and with it, some of the realities of owning a car have set in. With my old Buick, the car just worked; I pressed the gas pedal, and it went forward. I even managed to get myself spinning 360 degrees in a sideswipe, and I just turned that key, put it in [D], pressed the gas pedal, and went home.

Learning to drive the stick hasn't been so bad for me; I've had no dramatic stalls. I typically and appropriately stall when I park. There are few hills where I live, so that hasn't been an issue, but I still practice hillstarts. My girlfriend tells a different story though; every time I change gears she speaks of whiplash and occasionally gasps. Whatever, I'm learning, and I tend to up-shift early around 3000RPM, keeping things civil and quiet. My bros haven't vocalized any issues.

There are two issues that I'm personally having though. One: how the fuck do you downshift!? Going fast is easy; the car loves tickling my balls, urging me to slam the accelerator, push that clutch deep, and thrust my gear knob into place. - Ooof, I need a cigarette. - Reading stuffs on the internet, I came to learn that I was "coasting around corners" with the clutch, and apparently that's no bueno and will only shorten the clutch's life expectancy. I would brake and press the clutch simultaneously, downshift, hold the clutch through the apex, then release and accelerate; it was smooth. But then I read that the clutch should only be pressed when shifting. Now I'm practicing slowing down before I turn; it's weird, and different from up-shifting where you actually lift off of the gas. I learned the hard way to not let off the gas when down-shifting. Any tips on the matter?

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Practicing this rev-matching business, I've already managed to go around a corner way faster than I intended and expected. The car managed to be much more composed than I was. (not pictured)

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Second issue: I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with my third gear. I read-up on this, and it turns out to be legitimate issue. I've seen it pop-out of gear twice out the corner of my eye, I've "missed" it a few times, revving in neutral, and just recently had it actually grind a couple of times. I'm starting to think it's not human error. The grind really freaked me out. That's something I actually felt. Given the low miles on the car, I can imagine how the previous owner managed to miss this. There wasn't a recall for it, but there was a TSB on the matter. From what I understand, is that this would be covered under warranty. My car is no longer under warranty, obviously. Is this third-gear issue a quirk that can be managed, or should I try to get this fixed ASAP? My dealer said they'd "work with me" if any issues would come up with the car. This is really my biggest concern.

I still love my car; I volunteer to drive every chance I get! Hopefully I'll get this third-gear thing figured.

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