Is this normal? Very occasionally, I have experienced the shifter popping out of first gear as soon as the clutch starts to engage. At the time, I recall it was when the engine and transmission were cold. I would gently shift into first, and when I start to release the clutch, the shifter would pop out to neutral. Then I would shift more authoritatively back into first gear, and everything is fine. I recall this also happened once when the car is warmed up, so perhaps my gentle shifting is the cause?