I find this shifter to be stiff and notchy for the 1-2 gearshift. Also, sitting idle, stopped, sometimes you really have to muscle it to get it to go into 1st gear. When the engine is shut off, however, it should be noted that it goes into first quite easily. It's an annoyance really. Would synthetic transmission fluid help? http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/atf.aspx That's what I plan on using. Thanks in advance for your help.