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Old 03-03-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Question Newbie: Is this normal? (Finding first gear & backfiring)

I've had my 2012 V6 Premium manual transmission for a month now (1,500+ miles) and there's a couple of things I've noticed which I'm not sure about.
  1. About a third of the time, when I shift into first gear, I would have to click it in twice (if that makes sense). Before I found that out, I thought I was in first gear after the first click, but it wasn't, as it popped out when I started driving. The rest of the time, I get to first gear on one click. I'm pushing the clutch all the way down. Btw, I've been driving stick for almost 25 years now so I'm not new at driving manual.
  2. Sometimes, when shifting from first to second, it sounds like it backfires or it's revving down hard. Occasionally, it happens from second to third gear, but its mostly from first to second. I've noticed this happens when I shift at a lower rpm, between 2500 and 3000 (because I'm trying not to kill my MPG like I did the first week I owned her). I'm just using 87 octane (because the manual says I can, and yes, I read the whole manual ). Should I try a tank of premium?

Is there something wrong with the car or is it me? Like I said, I've been driving stick for almost 25 years now but they've been on Japanese transmission (97 Toyota Celica and 90 Mitsubishi Mirage). So this is my first experience with a true sports car and an American transmission.

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Dealer time. Sounds broken to me.
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Sadly to say the transmission isn't from here. Built in china :/
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Sadly to say the transmission isn't from here. Built in china :/
I thought it was German.... Wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong though lol
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I thought it was German.... Wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong though lol
Its a german trans built in china.
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Its a german trans built in china.
Gotcha, so we are both right, I just never knew it was built in china. It looks like America is not the only country outsourcing it's jobs...
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Re: Newbie: Is this normal? (Finding first gear & backfiring)

If you youtube your issue there are alot of people with similar problems, check them out and compare to yours.

When buying my car i asked all the sales people about this and they all say "I've never heard of that issue" total b.s

As much as i hate iphones they sell in the millions and everyone who has one says they are so reliable and well made...but they're made in china? I guess the important thing is not where it is made but the engineering, production standards, and quality assurance.

Made in korea used to be a joke but now look at hyuindai/kia. I am proud my vin starts with a 1 though, it may not all be made in america but at least it was assembled there. I'm happy to support Americans, they are great people and do good work. Had these trannys be built in USA im sure the problem would be less common. No product has a 0% failure rate though.
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I'm having the sane problem w/ the tranny but I would try at least the middle grade gas for the backfire problem. See if that fixes it
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Re: Newbie: Is this normal? (Finding first gear & backfiring)

Are there moderators on these forums? We should start a sticky thread with all problems relating to the mt82 transmission, along with what ford is doing to help those with the issues. I hope I'm not part of the crowd with this issue ever but it is a possibility. There should be a way for everyone to join up as one group and maybe Ford will help out better and educate the dealers.

Just let me know before it hits the media like the toyota-stuck-in-go-and-i-dont-know-what-neutral-is hype, so i can sell my stock shares.
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If you youtube your issue there are alot of people with similar problems, check them out and compare to yours.
Thanks for that tip. I never even thought of searching on youtube but I definitely will.

Trying a higher octane gas isn't too big of a deal so I'll try that, too.

Thanks!

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