The gears will start to feel better as you drive it. The 2nd gear gate especially will become a LOT less resistant after ~2300 miles. Aluminum trim does break up a black interior which is why I got it, but if you're in the desert then the downside would have been that the aluminum would be EXTREMELY hot when you got back to the car -- I found that out through a Texas summer on the few times I didn't have covered parking.
Congrats on the purchase!
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