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About my only gripe with the DSG is the shifting points of the 2 modes that come with it.

D = get to the highest possible gear as soon as possible. 35 MPH = 6th gear. Does anyone put their manual into 6th gear at 35? If I'm driving in light traffic and I need a quick lane shift, I basically have to floor it and wait for the system to downshift 3 gears so I've got back the oompf to jump 10 MPH for the fast lane. DSG shifts fast, but in that case I'll still get the finger from the person I just cut off for slowing them down, if not rear-ended. Yeah, that's how a normal auto works, but this isn't a normal auto!

S = well, sport. And hey, that's great if I'm driving, well, sporty. Does anyone drive down the streets at 30 MPH running at 4500 RPM, though?

When I'm driving a stick, 90% of the time I'm trying to sttrike a balance between performance and gas, keeping the engine between 2 & 3k. My DSG is almost always in drivier shift mode for these reasons. I suppose that's OK, but I figure all that technology oughtta get to some use. A friend with a BMW SMG said it had 6 shift modes!

Sorry for the long rambling post, but I leave with two questions. 1. How do you drive a manual in typical situations? 2. Wouldn't a "normal" mode that kept the engine from just shy of 2k to maybe 3.5k be pretty useful?
 

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If I'm driving 'sporty' then I am running high rpm's every gear.....I usually go for 4,800ish...prime power in the gti >:D


Why not use the paddles then?
 

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in most city driving my typical shift pattern is 1, 2, 5 being that 2nd will take you pretty much to 60 in most cases i just jump on it til 55 ish and then pop it into 5th gear. i only really use 3rd and 4th for downshifting to accel past a car on the highway. and 60th is only for speeds maintained over 65 any lower and you waste more gas when you need to accel up a hill or something.
 

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Doesn't that get pretty loud, doing 60 in 2nd gear? When I'm accelerating onto a highway I'll use 3rd all the way up to 70 or so but in city driving I'm usually in 3rd pretty quickly due to slow acceleration of traffic infront of me.

As for DSG, my main reason for not getting it was because I feared that at one point I would get too lazy to use the paddles and would just leave it in drive all the time. $1400 down the toilet. The D and S modes sound pretty retarded though, you should get that checked out.
 

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zulu said:
^^^^^^

The man has a point - use those shifters.

Whap Whap Whap and your gone!
:p - I do, 99% of the time. And I'm not complaining. I was just curious what others thought.
 

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Thalo said:
The D and S modes sound pretty retarded though, you should get that checked out.
Actually, his assesment of the shifting sounds pretty spot on. You have grandpa mode or F1 mode. There is no in-between. I have to keep it in D for the work week and let the S out on weekends.
 

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dean said:
Actually, his assesment of the shifting sounds pretty spot on. You have grandpa mode or F1 mode. There is no in-between. I have to keep it in D for the work week and let the S out on weekends.
I wish I had your "in a nutshell" skills. Would shorten my posts a bit. That's exactly what I was thinking! ;)

Thanks!
 

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I learned pretty quickly in "D" mode that if you want to whip around someone, you had better whap-whap a couple of times. If you just hit the gas, you lag a second while the engine goes "HUH?!" and then go from doing 40 in 6th at 1000 rpm to doing 60 in 2nd at 7000 rpm.
 

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i really want to drive a dsg... i would have never bought it but i want to feel the difference from the manual one. Anyone in Sierra Vista, AZ area wanna swap rides for 5 mins? :p
 

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I'd really love to try it too. It's been a dream of mine to drive something with paddle shifters. Closest I've come is sitting in the cars in auto shows pretending to be driving. Wish the dealer had a demo car, any car, with DSG.
 

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ROFL.... Am I the only one that goes by sound when shifting? I don't get tangled up in numbers, I just feel the car and when it needs to shift, I do it.
 

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GranTurismoInjection said:
ROFL.... Am I the only one that goes by sound when shifting? I don't get tangled up in numbers, I just feel the car and when it needs to shift, I do it.
Man, you need to turn your stereo up. I love te sound of the engine, but more often than not, I can't hear it over the loud music...
 

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GranTurismoInjection said:
ROFL.... Am I the only one that goes by sound when shifting? I don't get tangled up in numbers, I just feel the car and when it needs to shift, I do it.
i do not believe so >:D. the stero is only on when i am bored and have to get hyped up... so then 5 minutes later stereo off and DSG engaged!!! haha
 

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GranTurismoInjection said:
I didn't say anything about the stereo, wtf?
no, _you_ didn't. But pay attention. The point was that your stero is supposedly off all the time, and I'm saying turn it on... :D
 

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GranTurismoInjection said:
I didn't say anything about the stereo, wtf?
no, _you_ didn't. But pay attention. The point was that your stero is supposedly off all the time, and I'm saying turn it on... :D
Duly noted. ;)
 

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My favorite way to drive is with stereo off (or on talk radio) and windows down. Love the sound of that turbo! Can't do that all the time though, I have like 600 MP3s to listen to on the 6 disk changer.
 
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