Previously I had car with 5 gear transmission. Switching from 1st to 2nd was just move down. Now I have another car with 6 gear transmission. If I forget to add same pressure to the left I end with 4th gear engaged. It very similar to way the 5th gear is expected to operate. Is this normal or transmission is faulty (it works like that since it was new)?

The 5 gear car is Renault Thalia and The 6 gear is Fiat 500l

  • Maybe it was your first car that was faulty... It's fine, stop overthinking it, just drive it.
    – cory
    Jan 4, 2017 at 19:59
  • It's fine. Some cars (Corvette and others) force a first-fourth shift under light throttle for better fuel economy numbers.
    – Mobius
    Jan 4, 2017 at 20:46
  • I'd say its normal. The shifter wants to 'center' itself when its in neutral. Your previous' transmission / linkage may had been a bit more worn out. Also, the shifter is 4 slots wide now where it was previously 3.
    – rpmerf
    Jan 4, 2017 at 20:46
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    Not all transmissions and shift mechanisms are the same. Maybe if you told us what make and model we can determine (not guess) whether the behavior is normal or not.
    – CharlieRB
    Jan 4, 2017 at 21:19
  • @CharlieRB I added specific models
    – teodozjan
    Jan 4, 2017 at 22:17

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The way I was taught to change gear from first to second or back again was to angle the back of my hand towards to myself, then push away and up/down.

Every car I've driven (UK) has required this to change from 1st to 2nd, so I would say it's perfectly normal.

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