Yeah, I pretty much ignore the gear shift recommendations. I really don't like to be below 1.5k no matter what gear I'm in. I'm sure someone has figured out how to turn off the recommendation part and only show the current gear.The shift light is purely for fuel economy.
Sometimes it says funny stuff like 3-6
Funny, my first manual was a MK6 GTI. I have to say, the transmission in that car was the best transmission I’ve had in a VW. And only because of the ratios.Yeah the funny thing with this car is when it tells you when to shift. I think it wants me in like 4th gear doing 35mph, on my Main Street in town. I guess that isn't as bad. I believe the Mk6 had me in 5th gear on Main Street which I thought was nuts. Though it could never make up it's mind. It would be immediately yelling at me to go back to 4th so it depends. Nowadays I try to just shift on my own feels and ignore the system recommendation. It's definitely designed to get the most gas saving but doesn't necessarily mean you are probably in the most efficient gear regarding power necessary for the situation.
So I usually try to keep RPM low for gas mileage so like 1.5K. What is a better rev target? 2k?Funny, my first manual was a MK6 GTI. I have to say, the transmission in that car was the best transmission I’ve had in a VW. And only because of the ratios.
I delivered pizzas in college in a town where the speed limit was 25-35 everywhere, I got incredible gas mileage (30+ around town) driving 24-29 in 4th and 30+ in 5th. Yes - it was at 1400 rpm. Yes - I didn’t know how bad that was at the time. But it felt fine, not like my MK7s do when they’re down low. But that’s because the 5th gear in my MK6 was like half way between the 3rd and 4th on both my manual MK7’s in terms of hearing. 6th gear had you at 3K rpm at 70 mph. My Alltrack doesn’t feel truly confident in itself in 6th until 80, because it’s at like 2500.
So I usually try to keep RPM low for gas mileage so like 1.5K. What is a better rev target? 2k?
Wow! My pour car!Yes. 1.5 is too low, the engine simply can't make useable power at that level and it's unhealthy for the engine and your transmission, especially if there's even a slight 1-2% incline, that would really lug it. I shoot for 2K for cruising, and 2.5-3K for inclines depending on how steep they are. The engine is still quite efficient at 2-2.5K, since it's in the powerband it can use exactly what it needs to keep moving, nothing more, nothing less. At like 1500RPM the engine actually can use MORE fuel than wouldve been required to keep moving had it been at 2K, since it doesn't have any available power and has to try super hard to overcome slight inclines etc
Wow! My pour car!
Ok when it suggests shifting to higher gears putting me at 1.5k say I'm just on the highway or cruising.
It felt kinda odd just seeing the gauge at 2k the whole drive since I'm used to the car being quiet my whole drive.