a 1000 rpm at idel is to high. my '08 astra with 5spd shift, occasionally will drop below normal idle when i come to a red light or stop sign. the car never stalls. my understanding is that it is normal.
I remember that with the studebakers. that started around 1950. i just read an article in "old autos" newspaper, last night about a 1950 (?) studebaker pickup and that fact was noted....yes. What they need is the old "hill-holder" that Studebakers had!