Figure I'd start a new thread on how my Boss was, and now is when it comes to shifting and all the other problems I experienced. Through this great site and the good info within, along with an understanding dealer, My boss works at it should. Yeah, a bit early for a long-term report but so far so good. I don't think there was a single problem that I didn't have... clutch pedal not returning, very difficult, if not impossible to find gears at WOT and high rpm's, mis-shifts and generally sloppy feeling in the driveline.
First thing I did was talk to the dealer. They showed me the corporate memo relating to most of these problems and said they'd warranty the clutch pack. They also said they'd gladly install the soon to be acquired MGW shifter, Mcleod clutch line and bleeder kit for the cost of one hour labor.
The car was completed in one day and other than the cost of the extra parts I bought, it was $92 for labor. Previously, I shunned short shifters for all but my road race cars. I figure that the manufacturer synchs the shifter with how fast the trans can accept the shifts. While I do not ever intend to flat shift or even try to ram a gear excessively fast, I do expect it to be expedient and crisp.
After 5+ miles of warming up, I gave it hell off the line and deep into 5th before coasting out in 6th. Too good to be true, I tried it two more times. Flawless. After about 25 more normal miles, I'm still grinning as to how, finally, this car feels more real to me and the shifting matches the rest of the package. I forgot to mention I also installed the rear trans mount bushing to kill the slop. this was done before the clutch and it worked, kinda, but produced some minor though not annoying vibrations. Time will tell if this is the ultimate fix and if the transmission will ever be suspect, but for now I think anyone that is having these problems should call the dealer before the car runs out of warranty. It's my understanding that the lower the miles and further away from warranty expiration, the better it is to have the work done without question. I hope not to have the dealer touch this car ever again, I can't tell you how hard it was for me to sleep the night I dropped it off, not knowing the character of the tech who was going to work on it, but so far so good. I'll post in this thread after a bunch more miles if anything else comes up, but hoping this problem(s) are in the rearview.