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    1st gear stall sometimes?

    Does anyone else stall in first gear starts in traffic - I seem to stall in my Cayman S in 1st more than any car with manual that I have owned in the past?

    ...I know it's me - but has anyone else experienced this?

    Car is perfect - but I just notice a fine window of clutch release that does not slip and does not lunge - been the same for 11000...I was hoping that I would get better...but I keep doing it...HMMM...maybe just getting old...not sure...help here!


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    The Cayman needs you to put the spurs to it a bit more than you are used to. Don't baby it just use more throttle and you will be fine.
    (had a horse like that once and once we got to know each other all was terrific)

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    I know this might sound weird, but try switching to Sport mode and see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porsche Guy View Post
    I know this might sound weird, but try switching to Sport mode and see if that helps.
    I find sport mode makes it harder to take off the line smoothly, but yeah worth a shot if he has it... I used to occassionally kill my 986 Boxster off the line but I think I've done it in the Cayman only once or twice since I've owned it... and always my fault.

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    i have the same problem in my 5 spd cayman, more than any other car i've ever driven, including 4 past & way past porsches. don't look or sound too good among traffic.

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    Especially with a big-a$$ pick-up right behind you...
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    I used to stall out all the time, but I finally got it down! Just got to get in some practice. I even used to miss first and go into reverse!! That was no fun, especially after stalling it.

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    I'm w/Santa Fe. I stalled it couple of times - I think each time when I was just 'going thru the motions' - totally my error. Give a little more and you'll have no problems. These babies want to run!
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    Not enough gas

    I also stalled a few times iniatially. Try applying pressure more to the upper part of the gas pedal, which is quite tall, to get more leverage.
    Last edited by Kwaaiman; 05-10-2007 at 10:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porsche Guy View Post
    I know this might sound weird, but try switching to Sport mode and see if that helps.
    Actually, I stall more in sport mode. Go figure.
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    Boy do I feel better!

    I have stalled my CS more times than I want to admit in just 2k miles. I even stall in reverse. I am now to the point where I am able to quickly feel the stall coming and just apply more accelerator. But sometimes, it seems like (I am sure to by standers) that you are over revving. I prefer over revving to re-starting the engine in front of everyone.

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    I often stalled my Boxster when leaving stoplights, and it was embarrassing at times. I find the takeup on the Cayman (5-speed) to be much smoother. The reverse situation, with the Boxster: I'd get more clutch than I wanted, and rocket away from the light. I think that the Cayman is smoother all the way around. 987f
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    I had the same problem at first.
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    I have stalled the car in traffic and backing up into my garage on several occasions.Things are getting better the more I drive the car!

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    I'm sure you all knew this was coming...but THANK GOODNESS FOR TIPTRONIC!!! I haven't stalled it once.

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    I was sitting at a stop light talking to a guy in a Lotus Exige about our cars and as the other light turned yellow, he said Ok, lets get outta here!. He took off like a bat outta hell, and I stalled the car.
    One of my most embarrassing moments, and Ive had some doozies.

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    No stall here

    Hate to say it, but it must be you. With 650 miles on the clock I haven't stalled the Croc yet. But then I've driven stick all of my life. Will admit the CS has a different clutch feel. As soon as it starts to grab, give it some gas. It's just a matter of time to get the feel.

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    when i first got my CS. i stalled a few times, but i got the hang of it. just gas it and go... but my wife never stalled with it....

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    I've stalled my 5-speed twice while in reverse--both times I felt it shouldn't have stalled. This occured with the car fully warm; when cold I've had no near misses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD View Post
    I was sitting at a stop light talking to a guy in a Lotus Exige about our cars and as the other light turned yellow, he said Ok, lets get outta here!. He took off like a bat outta hell, and I stalled the car.
    One of my most embarrassing moments, and Ive had some doozies.
    Laughed out loud when I read this! Mostly, because of shared pain...

    My wife and I had just picked up our new baby, and were filling up at a gas station. Everyone was looking at the new car, and sure enough, "cough" stall, red-faced... eh, it happens. Especially when it's new and you're nervous...

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