my car didnt come with a owner manual. whats a safe speed to drop into first? does it really matter? i had a ford that could only be put into 1st on go or at like 5mph. it however was a pos.
I find that I can't put my NX into first unless I am almost at a standstill. Well, I can, but the grinding just ain't worth it. God-bless the SR20's torque. In stop-and-go traffic, I am frequently in 2nd gear at 5 MPH.
i agree with these guys, if my car is rolling i'll put it in 2nd if i'm going real slow(5mph or less) put it in 2nd but don't give it too much gas until you get to 15-20 otherwise its a lot of stress on the clutch.
You can also rev-match to get into 1st gear. If I'm rolling about 5 mph I will typically blip the throttle, and it will slide into 1st gear. If it doesn't go into 1st, then I just do like everyone else, hit 2nd and ride the clutch some.