I've had many manual transmissions over the years. I was a bit surprised just how rough this clutch is on a new vehicle (4 weeks old). When we picked up the car, it was very smooth, but over the last few weeks, it's gotten much rougher. When it just starts engaging, the pulsations and audible noise are pretty annoying :. As it warms up, it gets somewhat better. I'm hoping it will "heal" itself as the it warms up into spring. Right now, it's pretty damp and the overnight temps are close to freezing so maybe that plays a part.