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Hi to everyone, i've got my f56 std cooper since november but i've got a small doubt. Ever since i got it i can't get to shift quickly from 1st to 2nd gear comfortably, either i have to release the clutch slowly (like 2-3 seconds) or the car will jerk a little bit, even if i give it a little gas when releasing. I can't get to make "automatic like" shifts only from 1st to 2nd, especially when im driving fast. Is this normal or should I get it checked?
 

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Are you an experienced manual transmission operator?

What you're describing sounds like a timing issue between clutch release and throttle application. I've driven manual transmissions for decades and I still blow it every now and then, not providing enough juice when upshifting, especially from first to second. The result feels like what you're describing.

Try giving it a bit more gas as you let out the clutch.
 

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Are you an experienced manual transmission operator?



What you're describing sounds like a timing issue between clutch release and throttle application. I've driven manual transmissions for decades and I still blow it every now and then, not providing enough juice when upshifting, especially from first to second. The result feels like what you're describing.



Try giving it a bit more gas as you let out the clutch.

I've driven stick for 14 years, and our f55 does the same thing, you don't have this happen between any other gears. One needs to question if it's technique or the gearbox


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Std Cooper petrol here Sept 14. Smooth as silk shifting up or down.
 
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I've driven stick for 14 years, and our f55 does the same thing, you don't have this happen between any other gears. One needs to question if it's technique or the gearbox
I've read reviews where the reviewer mentioned an unusual spacing in the lower gears. I wonder if that's the issue-- People are just not used to the gear spacing?
 

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So, what is it then? Kinda mixed answers. To be more precise, it feels like the car pushes a bit forward or maybe a little jerking. I can get perfect shifts but they need perfect coordination. Not very uncomfortable but I'd like to have a flawless Mini in case this is a technical fault.
 

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So, what is it then? Kinda mixed answers. To be more precise, it feels like the car pushes a bit forward or maybe a little jerking. I can get perfect shifts but they need perfect coordination. Not very uncomfortable but I'd like to have a flawless Mini in case this is a technical fault.
If it were me I'd return it to the dealer and ask someone there to test drive it with you in the vehicle and see if they have any difficulties. If not it's you, if so it's the car.
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Yes I agree get your dealer opinion but be there in the car when they drive it and give them a demo if they cant replicate it by driving it yourself with them in it.
 

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I'm experiencing the same issue with jerky gear changes from 1st to 2nd in my Cooper SD (Manual). Called dealership and they took the car in to check. When their tech drove the car he admitted the could also feel the car jeriking when change from1st to 2nd gear. They concluded it was a software issue and there was nothing they could do. Not impressed with my first experience with Mini service :-(
 

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Put it in Sport and it will go away. The throttle mapping of the normal mode is a bit long and so if you re-apply a normal throttle you end up a bit low in rpms. It is possible to be smooth in normal mode but it requires careful coordination.
 

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I am really struggling to replicate this. I'm no great driver but I have no issue with jerky gear changes in any mode speed or gear. Smoothest car I've driven. My golf r32 was evil(chippped)Either there's a fault with the car or possibly how you're driving but I'm sure it won't be you if you're used to a manual or stick shift..ask your dealer for a drive in another to compare!
 

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Mine does this if I release the clutch too quickly without enough gas. But if I concentrate on a slower smooth release it's fine. Feels like it gives it a burst of power if the clutch is lifted too quick. Seem to have gotten used to being a bit smoother when driving normally, and to be honest it kind of helps when accelerating quickly. Like I said only seems to do it if I'm being a bit aggressive with the clutch release.

Edit: And also the downshifting jerk only happens if you keep your foot on the clutch too long when changing down, as it stops the rev-matching from happening automatically. So the revs will begin to fall and will jerk if you're going too fast when downshifting between 3rd and 2nd.
 

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I'm driving manual transmissions during my whole driving career wich is 22 years know. Every car and every manual transmission has it's own characteristics even when it concerns the same model or brand. It's just a matter of getting experience with your drivetrain and how to treat is for a smooth ride. I must admit that during my first rides I had some difficulties changing from 1st to 2nd gear without a little shock going through the transmission, especially when driving in sport mode but after a few rides you get to know your car's characteristics a bit better and you get the 'feeling' of the drivetrain's response on your pedal movements.

Only issue I have sometimes is a quick downshift from 5th to 4th gear. I really have to pull the stick in 4th because it feels like there's something that blocks a smooth transfer. This especially occurs after a cold start.
 
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