I recently said goodbye to a 2002 Mazda Protege that made it to just over 300,000 miles. So naturally I purchased another Mazda - 2007 Mazda6, 5-speed manual, 91k miles.

Besides the difference in shifting feel being night-and-day, I've noticed that as I'm accelerating and upshifting, the RPMs don't drop immediately when I release the clutch, even when I'm entirely off the gas pedal. There is nearly a full second delay from clutch release until the RPMs begin to drop, leading to a significant pause between gears as I wait for my revs to match my desired gear.

Is this normal, or could my hydraulic system be acting up?

  • @Shamtam Thanks, I think that's it. After another few months of driving with it, I've noticed that if I back off the gas a little more than I am accustomed to before releasing the clutch, it behaves more like I would expect it to and it's easier to hit my desired RPMs. – Dan A. Dec 24 '15 at 21:25
  • Changed my comment to an answer! – Shamtam Dec 25 '15 at 16:40

Could very well just be a heavier flywheel on the newer car (which leads to more rotational inertia causing the engine to take longer to rev down with no power applied). Sounds normal to me.

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