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I always let the engine warm for 5 minutes, and I've played around with going through the gears, but on colder mornings, I have a hella time putting her into 2nd and then 3rd.

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You drive it. The transmission is heated conductively from the engine and also by frictional losses in the gears/fluid. It takes a little bit.

You should probably make sure you've got the right fluid in there. I haven't tried it in the Spider, but folks around here seem to report that the Redline 75W90NS is a bit thinner when cold and works better.
 

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I drive my car around the development a couple times in first or second gear, driving very slowly. This usually warms up the transmission enough that I can comfortably shift the car while accelerating onto faster roads (as long as I'm still careful). Of course, if you live right off of a main road, this unfortunately isn't an option.
 
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