I have an 01.5 Passat GLX with the V6 and 5-Speed with only 29,000 miles on it. In the morning when its cold, it is very notchy and almost doesn't want to go into 2nd or 3rd. Once its warmed up, its not much better. I'm hoping this is normal for it, but I do find it quite annoying. I've seen that subframe brace/tranny mount made by AWE. The review I read on it said that when bolted to an Audi A4, it improved shifting feel by reducing the engines side to side movement under torque and throttle response. Does anyone think this might smooth out my shifting a bit? Also, i've seen some short shifters advertised that claim to provide smoother shifts. Any comments or opinions? I would tend to think that a short shifter would make my problem worse due to shorter throws/reduced time between shifts. I plan on changing my gear oil to Mobil 1 75w-90 synthetic shortly, but doubt it will make much difference. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as this is getting increasingly annoying and I dont forsee it getting any better over time. I'm seriously considering selling my car and buying a GTI or Jetta with a VR6.