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I've just bought a brand new 308 SW 16 blue HDI Active 6 speed manual for my job got the keys on the 2nd of this month. I love the car's comfort and practicality. I've put 1200 miles on it in the last 10 days and the engine is loosening up nicely but there is a but. The gear shift from 1st to 2nd is awful, notchy and prone to crash and no 2 changes are alike. Down shifting from a higher gear to 2nd is a breeze tho suggesting the syncromesh is fine (for now). Is it me I wonder? I've been driving for over 40 years and never had this problem before. I mentioned it to the dealer and they just shrugged, very Gallic eh.

Hmmmmm etc

Todd
 

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As I said before, my 2015 Allure 6 speed is the smoothest I have ever encountered. On 14k miles now.
Maybe I am too hurried in my technique the flywheel is quite heavy I think. Can select 2nd from 3rd at 35 to 40 mph no prob so syncro must be fine.

I'm pleased with the car overall tho so l'll persevere
 

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I had issues with changing down gear and changing to 3rd was sometimes a nightmare ,it was like the gear stick didnt know where to go ,I really had to think about changing gears all were so notchy and not so smooth .I took it back to the dealer having only done 17k and they rebuilt the gearbox .TBH its better but not perfect.
 

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Well: my wife and a colleague have now driven the car and both report 1st to 2nd gearshift crunches. I have owned cars with clapped out synchomesh in my past and that is exactly what this problem sounds and feels like. Time to go back to the dealer I think.

I do hope I haven't made a big mistake buying a Peugeot.....
 

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Ok the dealer's mechanic tested my car and found no problem. Must be me, then
41 years of driving manual transmissions and I still cant change gear....

Ah well the car is in warranty
 

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Does the dealer have a demo car? I must say I have never had a problem with mine, but equally I never rush gear changes. The amount you push the clutch pedal down also makes a considerable difference. Yes I know, grandmothers and sucking eggs.
 

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Does the dealer have a demo car? I must say I have never had a problem with mine, but equally I never rush gear changes. The amount you push the clutch pedal down also makes a considerable difference. Yes I know, grandmothers and sucking eggs.
I'll adjust my technique and see

Re demo car: good idea!

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Thanx for this heads up.

I love the car but this issue is starting to spoil it for me
if things don't settle down I'll put my concerns in writing, well email anyway. to dealer and CC to peugeot if I can find who to contact there.

last comments. If I push the gear lever hard to the left the 1st to 2nd upshift is much nicer. If I rev to 4000 rpm it changes sweet and is always sweet going from 3rd to second even at 40 MPH. go figure.....
 

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My rcz is notchy 1st>2nd, I'm sure a couple of my other Peugeots were too. Either both my 407s or my 406 and one of my 407s.

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Thank you for confirming my suspicians about peugeot gear changing, ponderous indeed.
The upshift cadence I have settled on is, dum de dum de dum, ie takes about 2.5 to 3 seconds. So long as I keep to that little tune all is well. hurry it and the mechanism tell you off and how!
It's all very Gallic I think. Love the car though :)
 

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Ignoring what the dealer mechanic said, others with the same car/gearbox have no problem. I certainly don't take 2-3 seconds on any gearchange, though I always do two movements of the gear stick, into neutral and into next gear, but only a subliminal pause.
And yes to some extent on this 6 speed box you have to keep pressure to the left otherwise it ends up in 4th. The gears are physically closer on this box than the previous 5 speed. But I have never had a bad Peugeot gearbox, though only had 13 different ones so far.
 

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hmmm. I dunno what to think now. If the dealer is seeming to fob me off I would like to email my concerns to Peugeot but cant spot where to send my email. Any one know where to send such a email?
 

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I contacted them through the My Peugeot website. A manager actually rang me to talk about my problem, so they do take things seriously.
 

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I think I have finally mastered this issue. My Son told me I snatch at the 1st to 2nd upshift and I realise I keep my hand tight on the gear lever when in first. My first ever car (1964 Vauxhall Victor 101) had a duff 1st that jumped out of gear unless you held it in. and I still do this all these years later I now realise.
So, I've concentrated on not doing that, let go of lever once 1st engaged then declutch before touching the lever again also slight pause at the neutral position as mentioned above. Result. sweetness. So you can teach this old dog a new trick.
Bad habits eh....:eek:
 
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