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Old 4/26/16, 05:45 PM
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Performance Package test drive

Today I finally got to test drive a GT with the PP.
Any advice on how to work the transmission? I've never driven a manual like this(it's so different from the manual on my Focus that they might as well come from different automotive eras)and had difficulty shifting smoothly. I think part of my problem was the incredibly short first gear.
Any advice? I know that eventually I'd get used to it(the salesman said it took him a while to get the hang of it) but I was wondering if anyone has any tips?
I'm planning on buying in the next week or so. I've never owned a car like this. But I'm looking forward to it!
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Start in second.
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Start in second.
So there would be no problem with lugging?
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I guess it depends how quickly you let out the clutch. Generally speaking, no... 2nd is still pretty short and more or less in line with what a number of other vehicles use for first in terms of ratios.
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WOW! I traded a Focus ST for my Mustang. Other than some notchiness when cold on the 1-2 shift I find the shifting of the Mustang much more precise than the 6 speed in the ST. It was what I expected going from a cable shifter to mechanical linkage.
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WOW! I traded a Focus ST for my Mustang. Other than some notchiness when cold on the 1-2 shift I find the shifting of the Mustang much more precise than the 6 speed in the ST. It was what I expected going from a cable shifter to mechanical linkage.
The shifting is more precise but the gearing is so different,as is clutch feel,that it was making shifting difficult for me. I'm going from a '12 Focus SE to a Mustang GT with the PP. bit of a difference for me!
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It doesn't help that the clutch is hilariously vague. Zero feel to it.
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I'm not sure about the new model, but 1st in my 2014 with 3.73 is incredibly short too. Most of the time I start in 2nd and it doesn't lug even if I hardly give it any extra gas. Needless to say I'm thinking of getting an auto this time.
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I picked up my 16 PP Saturday after selling my 06 GT. The thing I've found with the clutch is that you only need to push it about 1/4 of the way to get it to catch. I am going from a short throw to rowing a boat again so I'm still getting used to that.
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I picked up my 16 PP Saturday after selling my 06 GT. The thing I've found with the clutch is that you only need to push it about 1/4 of the way to get it to catch. I am going from a short throw to rowing a boat again so I'm still getting used to that.
The '16's tranny feels like rowing a boat?
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