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What is it about the shifting that is unlovable? I've never driven the new Stingray but I'm taking a considerable leap of faith by ordering the new Z06 with a stick.
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It can be difficult going from first to second.
Plus from 5th to 6th the shifter wants to go
to 4th. You better be watching your gear and
not dumping the clutch. My C6 Grand Sport
shifted much better had no problems.
Considering replacing the shifter.
 

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Guessing you've been looking at the MSW...right?

Most good shifters will tend toward the center, which is where 3rd and 4th are located. I think MSW claims this for their shifter as well.

I do like their lower shift box, at least in theory. It should eliminate some slop, as compared with OEM.
 

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I can understand why your not happy with it when going "up" through the gears, but I think it's a blessing when coming down through the gears. When I'm cruising down the highway in 5th, 6th, or 7th and want to get moving in a hurry, all I have to do is push the clutch in and pull the shifter, it goes to 3rd/4th guaranteed every time which is what I need to happen.
 

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I use to like shifting until I moved to Seattle. Coming up the hill I always seem to find the red light with a couple of cars ahead and in back. Going home traffic was a real hard time and I hardly got past 2nd gear. cutnout aka Charlie
 

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The problem is and no offence to anyone intended is that most people are never taught how to properly use a shift mechanism. They need to understand what "true nuetral is and how the shift structure works. Your worst enemy is to have a "ham fist" when manipulating the gates. Any shifter requires a gentle hand and becoming aware where the spring loading and detents are and what they mean. For example...1 to 2, all it needs is a slight left pressure as you pull through the gate to avoid the "true nuetral" centering spring. Remember, if the blood leaves your knuckles the "feel" goes away.

I should add the obvious, this is true for any manual shift vehicle, car, truck, doesn't matter.
 

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The problem is and no offence to anyone intended is that most people are never taught how to properly use a shift mechanism. They need to understand what "true nuetral is and how the shift structure works. Your worst enemy is to have a "ham fist" when manipulating the gates. Any shifter requires a gentle hand and becoming aware where the spring loading and detents are and what they mean. For example...1 to 2, all it needs is a slight left pressure as you pull through the gate to avoid the "true nuetral" centering spring. Remember, if the blood leaves your knuckles the "feel" goes away.
I agree. They emphasized this point at Spring Mountain. Once you get a feel for true neutral, the entire shifting pattern really falls into place.
 

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One of the reasons I did not go with the standard shift gearbox is, seems to me, on an engine with a wide torque band, anything more than five forward speeds is more trouble than it is worth. I realize that when you get up to sixth and seventh speeds are overdrives and not normally involved in performance driving, but when the shift pattern starts to approach that of a Mack truck, too much of my concentration would be dedicated to the gearshift process. Maybe an old 4 speed Muncie, with an out of the way fifth speed overdrive, would be easier to manage and less finicky.
 

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With 3600 miles on my C7 here are 5 things
I love and 1 I don't love.
1. Styling
2. Handling
3. Acceleration
4. Height (no more dragging on slopes)
5. Interior

Don't love
1. 7 speed shifting
Yet another post making me lean towards the A8.
 

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...anything more than five forward speeds is more trouble than it is worth. I realize that when you get up to sixth and seventh speeds are overdrives and not normally involved in performance driving...
As you point out 6&7 are highway gears, and not intended for performance driving. The C7 achieves top speed in 5th gear.

I drive my car like it's a 5-speed, and only touch 6&7 when travelling cross-country. This is also the only time I use ECO. These extra gears and ECO are both great features when sitting in cruise for hours.

I don't find the extra gears to be a problem at all.

My $0.02
 
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Five things I love:

1. The Lime Rock Green color. I've gotten so many great compliments on the color, and every time I prep and pre-flight the car for a nice 3 hour drive I can't help but smile.:)
2. NPP - no explanation necessary!
3. Driving modes - Something for everyone, and every occasion
4. Power top - This is the only convertible I own with this feature, and I love it. It's nice when you can see those storm clouds ahead, and as you approach the next red light (and drop below 30 MPH), one button puts the top up. This is often followed by a nice compliment from an adjacent driver, and an excuse to reciprocate with some tire spin when the light turns green.
5. The convertible styling - I love it - just like everyone else does!
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One I don't

I had to really think about this, and while there are things I don't fully understand, there is really nothing that I strongly dislike. One thing I don't understand yet:

1. Rev Match (which I also love), occasionally maintains RPMs when shifting from 1st. This happens about 20% of the time, and although I've very effectively adapted to it, it perplexes me. It's a bit like a favorite horse that shows it's personality when you aren't expecting it.
 

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When I was a young buck and didn't give a crap about too much, every vehicle I owned was a stick, you couldn't get me to drive an auto. Then one day in my forties, I got stuck on either the DC or Baltimore Beltway, for miles it was 1st gear to 2nd, back to first, 2nd, back to 1st, and on and on and..........my left leg started shaking. Then during that time period, I got stuck on the LIE on LI, NY, never again. That's when I made up my mind my next car will be an auto. Now that I'm an old fart, you couldn't get me to drive a stick. I can make that paddle shifting sound and ride just like a stick. :D
 

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Plus, Norm, the auto of your youth was either a 2 speed or 3 speed. Certainly not a 6 speed or 8 speed.
 
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