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Old 12-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Joey D View Post
Yesterday I was stopped on a pretty tame hill at a stop light with two cars in front of me. The light turned green and we started to move, I gave the car a little gas but then the idiot in the front of the pack stopped for no reason and I slammed on my brakes from a very slow roll (we've all been there). The gearbox shuttered and then the car stalled. I was puzzled, put the car into neutral and it fired right back up and off I went.

Then tonight coming home from work I had to slam on the brakes again from a guy who wasn't looking and pulled out of a gas station as I was slowly accelerating away from a light. Once again the car shutter violently and stalled out.

Is this supposed to happen? I mean I know it's a manual that has an automatic shift program more or less, but I really don't think the car should stall.

I plan on taking the car into the dealer tomorrow (which I'm getting really tired of doing) and seeing if they can look at it.

I am slowly losing my love for this car quickly, which is a shame because when it's working I love the way it drives.
I had the same problem before the recall reflash. The issue was related to starting off, the fact that the transmission was programmed to quickly shift to 2nd, then you brake and then attempt to go and you are moving too slowly while still in 2nd, or maybe even 3rd, and the car lugs and stalls when the clutch releases. It was a PITA but also very dangerous in moving traffic situations like attempting a rapid lane change in commuter traffic and someone pulls out in front and it happens as you brake/accelerate. Thankfully, it has never happened since I got the recall applied at 800 miles, now at 18k.
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