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Greetings friends,

Recently I have difficulty shifting to 1st Gear while driving, lowering from higher gear or swithching from Reverse to 1st Gear.
I have taken the car to several repair shops, they have looked up it,and put grease on the shift stick and springs, yet still the problem remains.
I wonder what else needs to be done and what is the problem?

Thank you!
 

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Syncromesh - the facility for easing into gear, rather than battling as in the old crash g/boxes, which generally needed doubling the clutch.
 

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It's a Vauxhall. I think a lot of the cars around that year were the same. They will only go in at less than about 5mph or less. We had had 4 cars around that year and all were the same as was my 2 mates astra g's.
 

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It's a Vauxhall. I think a lot of the cars around that year were the same. They will only go in at less than about 5mph or less. We had had 4 cars around that year and all were the same as was my 2 mates astra g's.
Agreed my 2001 1.7dti wouldn’t go into first unless almost stopped.
You soon learn to drive around it.
 

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Double declutching helps a lot too.
 

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As suggested elsewhere double-declutching helps but my guess, for what it's worth, is that it's nothing to do with the gearbox but a dragging clutch not releasing properly.
 

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My Corsa B 1.5 TD used to be the same every now and then.
 

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hy, I am yet to see a f17 that lets you stick it in 1st gear unless you are almost stopped... valid also for astra h and J... for non m32 gearboxes....personally i am sick of see the 5 speed manual... and the most i can do is re adjust neutral and maybe change gearbox oil if the owner insists and that seems to help a tad in cold weather... i find it very weird every time i jump into a vw manual or bmw that i can put it very easy in 1st even at 20 mph... (i have 7 years of driving only a f17 in astra dti as my main.... and i looked into it... a lot... and i realized is nothing i can do...)
 
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