Hello, I just bought a 2009 SE5, and just have some general questions about the transmission. First, do you have to let off the throttle while you are upshifting? I have tried it both ways, and it sure seems to smooth out the shifts if I let off and then hit the button. Second, how much shoud I be able to feel the transmission downshift? I live in Iowa and we still have a bit of garbage on the ground so I have been driving it around the neighborhood.So far I haven't even gotten the thing out of third gear. The downshift from 3rd to 2nd seems pretty loud, but then from 2nd to 1st, it is smooth. It has 12,000 miles on it, and I am hoping I did not buy a machine with problems in it already. How reliable are these electonic transmissions generally?