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    I've noticed that when trying to go into first and second gears on my 03 Vectra, it seems very stiff. Ive got to be very heavy handed to get it into gear. It doesnt seem as bad for all other gears.
    Is this a common problem? And is there something simple I can do to help remedy is before I do damage to the ligaments in my hand (or to the gearbox)

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    I was just about to ask about this!

    I have a 2003 vectra dti 2.0 club and ive noticed when cold i have absolute hell on going between first and second gears for about the first 2 or 3 minutes of driving, and then sometimes its a struggle to get into gear when shifting down the box for lights etc. I think it's normalish as my fiesta and escort were both the same in low gears.

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    is this happening all the time or just when the car is cold ?..

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    The cold makes it worse, but changing the oil and putting in molyslip grease will help.

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    i have also noticed my 03 2.2 dti is a little stiffer changing gears when cold but only for the first few mins.

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    Just work it in & out or 3/4 a couple of times first!, Dont force into gear though, its something that happens when its cold & im used to it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverlandandy View Post
    is this happening all the time or just when the car is cold ?..
    Yeah, it does seem to be a lot more so when cold, although its never perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    The cold makes it worse, but changing the oil and putting in molyslip grease will help.

    Thanks will try that.

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    Yep, same as my 1.8 02 "C" box stiff when cold. Try gently pushing the gear stick to the left when going between 1st and 2nd and push genlty to the right when using 3rd, 4th and 5th. I was always taught never to hold the gear stick with your hand over the top but to always have the flat of your hand either one side or the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpet View Post
    Yep, same as my 1.8 02 "C" box stiff when cold. Try gently pushing the gear stick to the left when going between 1st and 2nd and push genlty to the right when using 3rd, 4th and 5th. I was always taught never to hold the gear stick with your hand over the top but to always have the flat of your hand either one side or the other.
    Thats already drilled into me, although my hand is always resting on top of the gear stick, I always move it to the right to push away from me when changing to 1st or 2nd.

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