[DML] Manual transmission observation
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[DML] Manual transmission observation

Hello again,

Overall I have been happy with my tranny however it does have 
some "idiosyncrasies" I thought I would bring up.

1- My car does not like to downshift into first gear. If I let it 
slow down a lot it will go in but if I continue to apply force the 
gear will grind, ouch! 

2- This has only happened a couple times: while traveling at highway 
speeds and shifting from 4th to 5th it would grind. I think this 
could possibly have been due to a lazy clutch foot.  

I replaced the 25 year old lubricant with Valvoline and the first 
gear thing got better. I read in the archives that some really low 
mileage cars have this issue so I am not overly concerned. Is this a 
quirk unique to this tranny box? I still have that crapy original 
clutch line installed. No leaks but I plan on replacing it anyway 
this summer. Shifting through all the other gears is fine. Any 


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