His post below mentions going to 6000 RPM before shifting to second. He likes spirited driving.17 MPG?! I could see that in the 3.3T with fun-focused driving, but in the MT I'm surprised. Are you getting 17 MPG consistently? (city driving, I'm guessing?)
Do you have the same issue going from first to second? I feel that over 6000 RPM, the second is hard to get in.