julian> Mine's a TE50 as well. Yes, it goes away when clutch pedal is depressed. No it is OK in first. My main concern is backlash from within the box which is really clunky in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears. I could live with the gear rollover noise if it wasn't as bad as it is - some are worse than others in this respect and mine is a crook one.
plonky> 's OK mate - I was a bit hasty there as I knew exactly what julian was on about in specific terms while you probably did not. I certainly wasn't invoking the "old chums act" against you though.
However, on the auto, I don't really think the gearing is all that bad although the diff ratios are just a tad high (ie high speed/low numerical value). The T5 manual also has good gear ratio selection - although the ratios do vary between models they seem to suit the application OK.