Shifting Gears - HELP
I just purchased a 2009 Clubman with a manual transmission. I have never driven manual until a one hour lesson last week! I learned on a Ford something-or-other and I will tell you there is a HUGE difference. Mini's are tighter and there is far less wiggle room. I have the hang of everything except I am not happy with my shifting. It sounds too aggressive. I find that I need to be in 2nd almost immediately (around 30km/hr) and then 3rd only keeps my car happy until about 50-60km/hour and I need to shift to 4th. I was on the highway doing 110 km/hr in 4th but would absolutely need to go up to 5th to do my usual 125-130 km/hr.
So, I guess my question has 2 parts - what RPM ranges should I be looking at for gear changes and how do you make them SMOOTH?
I would also like to add, my car came with a french manual which is less than zero help to me - which is why i'm asking this here.