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Old 06-19-2005, 11:56 PM   #1
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5speed Focus drivers, what's your 1st > 2nd shifting patterns?

I really don't like the first gear, because once the car is moving, it feels to me like the deep-low granny gear on a truck, 2nd gear is much more usable. The ratio between 1st and 2nd are so far apart and when you rev too high in 1st, you have to wait quite a while for the engine to rev line so you can rev match it.

I have to use 1st gear to start from a dead stop, because Focus has no near-idle torque at all, then once I'm just rolling at walking pace, I switch into second.

What's your story?


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Old 06-20-2005, 12:15 AM   #2
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1st is torquey to me, and so is 2nd and 3rd. 1st from dead stop , 2nd and 1st to downshift at stop signs.
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1st is torquey to me, and so is 2nd and 3rd. 1st from dead stop , 2nd and 1st to downshift at stop signs.
Why do you rather stress the transmission and clutch rather than the brakes at the stop sign?
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Save brakes, and I want a new clutch anyways. And thtas how I learned to drive stick
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Old 06-20-2005, 05:57 PM   #5
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When I had my zx3 1st gear was very torquey.
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Old 06-20-2005, 07:58 PM   #6
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i only use 1st when the car is @ a dead stop.
> 5mph i use 2nd.

and downshifting into 1st is a waste of effort and wear.
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Eh you drive your way and Ill drive my way. Im going to get a Stage 2 clutch soon anyways. I think Im close to burning the stock one soley from driving hard.
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why dont you read the manual. for best gas mileage it states shift 2nd into 14mph 3rd 25 4th 36 5th 47

Downshifting for passengers is a rough ride so why not just put it in neutrel and brake like normal.
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"why dont you read the manual."

Good suggestion.

I'm suprised how many questions are posted to this board which would be answered if people simply read their owner's manual.

There's a lot of good information in there people.
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Old 06-21-2005, 06:09 PM   #10
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^^wish my car had come with a manual....but i too downshift when slowing down, especially if i have to stop quick when its wet as the brakes like to lock up. also my car rides so rough from the suspension i dont think passengers really care about how it feels when i down shift.
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