Well I shift along with my father at around 3-3.5 thousand rpm, I really have to get off the clutch really easy or it will feel like a bouncy theme park ride. I currently drive a 03 A4 1.8T and when I drive that thing my friends tell me it feels like an auto how smooth it is. In the meanwhile when I drive the Baja its a whole other story. I also took my cousin BF out the other night for a ride, he had a 00 Impreza 2.5 and he said it was the same crap. At the next service visit I will make mention how the shifting stinks on the car but I guess I will have to live with it from what it sounds. Thanks for the input also guys you have been a great help.