Originally posted by hkwan
It is the same way with most of the MT cars I've driven. I've never owned an automatic. I would like to hear if anyone has experienced a MT that allows for easy shift-in into 1st at above 10, 15mph.
What manual transmission cars are you talking about? Definately not Hondas, Toyotas or Nissans.
If you rev-match properly when you're double clutching there is no reason why you couldn't downshift into 1st at 30mph or so. I used to do it all the time in my Integra GS-R and my Celica and my other Integra...
It's a question of technique... and a LOT of practice... but it's doable.
As far as the WRX goes, I haven't tried very hard to do it, since the transmission is a weak point, unlike a Honda or Toyota product. However if someone says that the manual reads that there's a gear lock, I'd believe them, especially since I have unsuccessfully tried downshifting to first in an AutoX but I was blaming that on owning the car for less than 2 weeks.