yup. did a tranny oil change recently to motlygear 75w90 and it still has the 1-2 hardness like the oem fluid. so it's just the way it is. even the 08 2.5i MT feels like this. civic shifting is quick because their tranny is lighter and smaller probably. as for short shifters, some had synchro issues, some had more engine noise complaints, or w.e. the case is. you would be btter off using subaru spt shifters if you are under warranty.