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Repost: Help. RPM between gear changes

This is regarding my 1988 Audi 80 5 speed 
that I just bought.

In between gear changes, when I depress the
clutch to change gear to higher gear the car
stays at high rpm for about 3 seconds before
dropping. If I change the gear while it is
high the car jerks hard, if I wait for it to
drop, the car slows down and the guy behind me 
get impatient.

My question therefore is, is it normal for the
rpm to stay high for a couple of seconds before
dropping. If so, does your car give a jerk 
on changing gears from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 if done
while rpms are high ?


Best Regards,

Vikram Mittal
1990 Audi 100
1988 Audi 80 (finally an all Audi family)