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I'm really glad I joined this site as it allows me to ask questions to those of you who already have the car, and I rather doubt I need worry about any of you having a hidden agenda...

I was reading a review of the S5... the guy was tooling around Chicago for those who may recall the review, and he says that in heavy traffic the manual trans is touchy and difficult... even claimed it jerked his wife's head back a few times.

So... anyone else have this problem? Or is it merely someone who needs a bit more time with a manual?

FWIW he did say that on the highways or when "driven rough" the manual was much easier.

Just curious...
 

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I wouldn't be worried about this, it's easy to control. And...for normal (wife in car) driving, you can easily go 2nd, 4th, 6th.
 

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Sounds like the person reviewing has limited experience of a manual box or perhaps less powerful cars on a manual box or he has a heavy foot and hasnt got used to the ratios.

Many of us here have taken a few days to get used to that as you would in any car.
 

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Sounds like the person reviewing has limited experience of a manual box or perhaps less powerful cars on a manual box or he has a heavy foot and hasnt got used to the ratios.
Exactly! It astonishes me how someone can give a car a bad review when it's actually THEM who can't drive properly. If the guy can't drive off smoothly then that's his problem, not the car.
 

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Exactly! It astonishes me how someone can give a car a bad review when it's actually THEM who can't drive properly. If the guy can't drive off smoothly then that's his problem, not the car.
No, There is definatley a problem on many ( or possibly all ) S5's. ( see my other posts and try the test for yourself ) Mine has been investigated by my dealer who has acknowledged that there is a problem. I am now waiting to hear how and when it's going to be fixed.
 

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No, There is definatley a problem on many ( or possibly all ) S5's. ( see my other posts and try the test for yourself ) Mine has been investigated by my dealer who has acknowledged that there is a problem. I am now waiting to hear how and when it's going to be fixed.
Graham,
You beat me to it, there IS a jerkiness problem in 1st gear on S5s although does seem to get better with miles. This could very well be the reason for the ECU change as per Vin's thread.
Maybe ask your dealer about this recall to see if its to cover the same thing?
 

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No it's a different problem. See my earlier posts for the symtoms and how to identify it.
 

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Graham,
You beat me to it, there IS a jerkiness problem in 1st gear on S5s although does seem to get better with miles. This could very well be the reason for the ECU change as per Vin's thread.
Maybe ask your dealer about this recall to see if its to cover the same thing?
It's not likley to improve with miles. I'ts an anti stall "feature" programmed into the engine management which is envoked when the clutch is depressed. To verify this,try the test I reported in my earlier posts/discussions with you.
 

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It's not likley to improve with miles. I'ts an anti stall "feature" programmed into the engine management which is envoked when the clutch is depressed. To verify this,try the test I reported in my earlier posts/discussions with you.
Yes, I agree its an anti stall thing - I tried it and found that as long as you don't depress the clutch again after its done its first rev. the second time you try to pull away it doesnt rev. up. So if you are manouevring to park for example you dont let the clutch right in then it behaves normally.
Maybe its me that is getting used to controlling it as I use it more and not improving with miles.
 

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Yes, I agree its an anti stall thing - I tried it and found that as long as you don't depress the clutch again after its done its first rev. the second time you try to pull away it doesnt rev. up. So if you are manouevring to park for example you dont let the clutch right in then it behaves normally.
Maybe its me that is getting used to controlling it as I use it more and not improving with miles.
I think mine does it all the time the clutch is depressed. Also if you just hold the revs at say 900rpm and then depress the clutch the revs shoot up. I'll try mine tomorrow to see if it only does it the first time the clutch is depressed. I see you're in southern england. Anywhere near me so we can compare?
 

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I think mine does it all the time the clutch is depressed. Also if you just hold the revs at say 900rpm and then depress the clutch the revs shoot up. I'll try mine tomorrow to see if it only does it the first time the clutch is depressed. I see you're in southern england. Anywhere near me so we can compare?

Try taking your feet off all pedals while the car is in first gear, and let the idle speed move the car off. Whichever Rpm it's sitting at when moving at the engine's idle speed, you should be able to take off with that RPM and have a smooth start rather than a jerking start.
 

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Try taking your feet off all pedals while the car is in first gear, and let the idle speed move the car off. Whichever Rpm it's sitting at when moving at the engine's idle speed, you should be able to take off with that RPM and have a smooth start rather than a jerking start.
Yes I am doing that now and it's smoother, but then slower than would be normal. Also the problem still occurs ( to a lesser degree when you shift from first to second ). Chri's point on mine and as I suspected mine does it all the time not just on the first rev after deopressing the clutch.
 

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I have had a few issues but have not checked on the anti-stall feature. To give first hand knowledge to Dr. Death I have not had a problem in the Triangle or the Metcalf-Quivira construction areas.

BTW, Dr. Death if you did not see my car at the dealership over the holidays send me a PM and I will let you know when I will be around so you can look over the car.
 
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