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      Driving a vehicle with a DSG gearbox

      Hello friends,
      Was going through this (awesome) forum and realized that there is no information regarding Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG).

      Anyone have any tips on driving a vehicle with a DSG gearbox. Just picked up a vehicle that has a DSG. Your inputs, tips, tricks, suggestions, welcome.


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      Just don't let the gearbox sit in D/S mode while you're stationary. Move to N.

      That's about the only thing you need to do.



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      Dont inch in traffic etc
      Its like a manual car but 2 clutches so double heat, double precautions

      See this informative video, great channel (not associated with it)

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      Quote Originally Posted by derPoltergeist View Post
      there is no information regarding Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG).
      Congrats on the new car. Which car is it? Because there are a few different models of DSGs available here. The VW and Skoda sub-forums would be filled with ownerships of DSG equipped cars. At the end of the day it is just another GB and not as mystical as it is made out to be. Still there are a few things that will help:

      1) Be aware that once you shift to D, it won't pounce like a TC AT. It has a small lag before it starts off. Also the creep mode is too slow to be useful, and it involves some clutch slipping in D1, hence provide a little bit of throttle.
      2) In stop go traffic, it oscillates between 1 and 2 frequently. If you are sure that its gonna be a snail paced affair, you can leave it in M -1.
      3) If the stop is for a few seconds, then shift to N, this will reduce the stress on the GB.
      4) The D mode is overly tuned for efficiency, at the slightest throttle ease, it will shift up and land you in 1200 rpm. So use D mode with this expectation. Being aggressive with the throttle helps hold gears longer though Of course with the usual kick-down in flooring.
      5) If you want brisk movement, S mode is your friend. Can be used in city and highway alike. Even S mode is not all out. Even S mode is intelligently programmed to up shift early (not as early as D), when you are gentle with the throttle.
      6) If you want to aggressively enjoy the car the most, use M mode. Sometimes I find even S mode too tame because of the up shifts around 3-3.5k on part throttle. But, in M mode, even if you lift off at 5000 rpm, the engine stays there, so that you can pounce again with neck snapping acceleration.
      7) If you let it shift in it's own sweet time and use the last gear in D mode, it can give you amazing fuel economy. The reverse is true as well.
      8) For urgent overtaking, use S mode or M mode. If you do want to overtake in D mode, there is not enough space for floor/kick down, then prod the throttle, it will down-shift, then you can mash and go. But for all normal overtaking, D mode will do fine.
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      Most of those issues 4-8 can be sorted out with a DSG tune rageshgr
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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Most of those issues 4-8 can be sorted out with a DSG tune rageshgr
      Cool! Thnx, Will add it to my bucket list then. Yes the D mode reminds me of that video where a Fiat Panda out accelerates a Evo VIII
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      Thanks so much rageshgr !

      I've also put Torpedo recently in S mode and was a bit stunned with what i found. I'e captured that in an update on the main thread.

      Its a 2013 VW Jetta TDI Highline with DSG in candy white.
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