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Old 09-14-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by pje65 View Post
1) I read somewhere on here that you can go backwards in reverse without any gas, and that this has something to do with the drive by wire. Well, it's true that you don't need gas. I haven't used any ever since I read that. In fact, even without any gas, I find myself going MUCH too fast in reverse. It's faster in reverse than any other car I've ever driven. This is a big problem in parking lots, esp. when you're parked between two large SUVs and can't see a damn thing when you're trying to back up. So, I find myself riding the clutch, something I've never done before. I suppose I could brake as I take my foot off the clutch, but I just can't seem to get my head around doing that. Is anyone else experiencing anything like this?
This is something that should be able to be done with any manual transmission in cars and motorcycles. Finding the clutch engagement point without using the accelerator pedal is the first thing you should do when learning to drive manual transmissions. Drive-by-wire has nothing to do with this. I've always ridden the clutch pretty heavy in reverse. I've been driving manuals for 16 years and haven't needed to replace a clutch yet.

Originally Posted by pje65 View Post
2) First gear is completely normal on some days but unpredictable on others. It's been warm the past couple of days--around 80--and the car's been extremely smooth in all gears on both days. When I've had the air conditioner on, I've had mixed results. Sometimes it drives fine. Sometimes, it will start moving, then suddenly become very sluggish, as though I'm driving through a patch of sand. Then it will be OK after that. On a couple of days, I've fought 1st gear all the way to work. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to these behaviors. I've started warming the car up a little bit in the morning. That seems to help a little bit with the reverse issue. However, I can't imagine that this could be the main cause of my issues, as the coldest it's ever been in the morning since I bought the car has been around 50.
Did you buy new or used? There's a technical service bulletin that's been around. I'm not sure if this is limited to build dates or not. I had this done a couple weeks ago and have noticed a huge difference. I haven't had that sluggishness since, but the car does want to launch a little quicker. I hope this helps you out some.
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