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2005 CTS-v Hard to shift into 1st

My car seems difficult to shift into 1st gear sometimes, I have to pull down to 2nd then up to 1st. Is this normal? Seems to be harder once the car is warmed up. 2005 with 36k miles, I got it about a month ago, so I don't know how it is supposed to feel.
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I have to do the same. Usually to get into reverese though.

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i have the same issue sometimes...let off the clutch just a hair and it will slide right into 1st gear.
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This is normal. I had this problem on my 05 V, my 99 Corvette (with after market stage 5 transmission), and on my 06 Corvette. As others have stated, it seems to be more noticable when going into reverse but I have had it in both 1st and reverse.




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Shifting into 1st and Reverse should NOT be hard

I had an '05 CTS V, unfortunately had to sell it and I had the same problems. Once I had to push the car out of a parking space because I couldn't get it into reverse. I took it to the Caddy dealership and the bushings where the shifter meet the transmission had worn out, made perfect sense once I found out, but I thought it was a serious problem. This will happen even quicker if you have replaced your stock shifter with a short throw one, such as B&M. If you are going to replace your shifter make sure you purchase the B&M bushings to have them installed as well. Hope this helps you guys out.

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