Well, I finally broke down and put the exotic European Unicorn Tears (Ford ) in my manual trans yesterday. Only 20 miles driven since but it does seem to have helped a bit (placebo effect?). Hopefully it will smooth out a bit more as the miles add up. The only thing I’ve found on my little Spider that bugs me is the notchy transmission, esp on the 1/2 shift. Really, Mazda’s been building sports cars for 3 decades- you’d have thought they’d have figured out how to build a smooth shifting box. My old GTI’s were slick as could be. Why not the Spider/Miata box?