Let me start off.... 00 GTS 6SPD. have ALWAYS loved toyota's with a passion and finally (6mths ago) landed a very well paying job and thought i would treat myself well. im new to toyota but not to the import scene. took my sister out tonight in the car for a ride, 1st time she saw my beautiful car so i took 1st gear to about hmm i would say 8 grand and tried banging it into 2nd. wouldnt go in. tried again a few minutes later, same thing. shifted right into gear at about 6000. spoke with a good friend of mine about this and he stated it was a safety feature that you cant bang 2nd passed a certain RPM range (maybe after lift kicks in)?! although another kid i know that has an 01 GTS said he bangs 2nd gear at about 8200?! <though i dont really care about what that kids has to say haha, but i wanna know is this really a safety feat.? please, tell me it is! thanks for everyones time!