if it's constantly grinding on you, that could be a problem. but they have designed these cars so that they don't shift into first going much more than 5-10mph.
as many have said before "this is obviously your first Subaru".
and as I meant to say, but you seemed to have to take it word for word, but whatever. Subaru's are not for everyone. They don't make many cars, and don't sell many cars. The people that DO buy them, love them, and that's that. They accept them for what they are, and are content. They don't compare it to the Civic or Accord they just sold, and think all of a sudden something is wrong.
I'm just trying to tell you people...don't get your hopes up about getting the 6-speed tranny in the car as a warranty replacement. I can tell you know it won't happen, and if it does, you can come to my house and kick me in the balls or something