^What they all said. I also got the car guy version of an IT question for you. Are you sure that you have the clutch engaged when you are trying to slam the gear, or are you letting off the pedal a little too soon on the shift? Also, I know that 50mph is about 5,000-5,500RPM range, so you are really trying to **** up your car shifting it that close to the redline. That is really a lot of work for the car. If this is your first manual, you really need to take it easy on the car. I've been driving manuals for about 12 years now, and I still don't have it perfect or completely smooth. Focus (haha) on smooth transitions right now, even if you have to granny clutch it for a while. A worn clutch is better than a blown transmission or engine. Also, on slow down for lights or stop signs, either take it out of gear and use the brakes to stop (I do this) or let your RPMs drop below 2,000 before you downshift. This will not wear it nearly as much as downshifting at 50mph from 3rd to 2nd. Also, about the gate...I don't know if they changed up the gearbox, but if it is still the same as mine, I've hit the gate hard before and it stopped all movement from the shifter and caught me off guard. Not easy to do, but possible. Really though, don't beat on her so hard. She's fragile.