No, it's not the first time in cold weather driving. All of these issues present themselves in the summer as well. My cold weather driving is from late winter and early spring when the car was new and not exhibiting these quirks like it is now. The transmission was really very smooth when I first got the car. Now, not so much.This is your first time with the car in cold weather?
On a side note, I have already had both front control arm bushings replaced under warranty. That fixed the creaking front suspension.