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    Default 1st gear...

    ... sometimes fights against me when the car is cold. Onced warmed up it's fine. Just not as easy to get into until I've done a few miles. 72k 55 plate cdti150.

    Not causing major issues but just thinking ahead. Thinking synchros... what they like on veccy gearboxes? Also what are the gearbox oil service intervals? Might get that changed to see if it's a lubrication problem!

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    There is no service point forthe gearbox oil, but it can be changed if you wish. Mines the same when its cold. I think most will be tbh. Not too sure if it has a syncro on first gear?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Fully synchromesh, even reverse as far as I know but the 6 speed is not a pleasant gearbox to use particularly when cold

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    I find my CDTI 120 gearbox one of the worst parts of the car. Its stiff and awkward when cold. When its warmed up its a bit better but even then a quick change from 1st to 2nd will cause a crunch and some resistance.

    From I read on here its just the way they are! I remember my old Omega having a pretty 'clunky' gearchange as well - its one area where I think Ford do it better.

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    Yep, a feature of mine also. When the gearbox is cold, the gears in the left hand plane can be a nightmare to select.

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    Mines the same. better when warm. I had a Vectra B before and that was a bit funny from 1st to 2nd. Before that my Mk2 Cavalier had a lovely gearchange!

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    Mines not to bad on a 1.9 cdti, sometimes when i go to second it sticks abit and same to fourth ****es me off but doesnt really happen often

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    Just been doing a search for "gearchange" cos' I've got to agree, just bought an 08' plate Vectra CDTi SRi 150 and the gearchange from 1st to 2nd when cold was a real surprise. Come from driving a Ford Puma with it's ultra slick gearchange and the Vectra felt like a tractor! I'm used to it now & agree that it's worst when cold so just take a steady for a few miles and when it's warmed up it's much better.

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    First to second on my 1.8 pre-facelift is so bad when cold that I have dropped into the habit of "doubling the clutch" to overcome this. I thought that I had left this behind with my 1950 gearboxes!!!

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    i have 6 speed in my 100edt, not sure if its same box but it is a bit naff when cold!! not the best of gearboxes when warmed up either to b honest!!

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