Specifically, it was mentioned that standing still while in D causes the clutch packs to heat up because they are not fully disengaged.
I have read two articles that state the driver should shift to N if the car will be stopped for more than just a moment. Specifically, it was stated that the driver should shift to N while stopped at a red traffic signal.
I have a hard time believing that this transmission was designed to be operated like this. Is there any truth to this?
Last edited by VWRedux; 02-09-2012 at 12:05 PM.
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Yes, mine does it as well. If you look at instant fuel consumption on BC you'll notice it's higher in D, R or S than in N.
The manual says you don't have to shift to N at red lights, but it doesn't say if you are allowed to shift to N when coasting for instance. So I see the red light ahead, I have some speed, am I allowed to shift to N when approaching the red light?
I wouldn't shift into N when coasting to a stop. That puts more stress on the brakes since the engine is no longer helping engine break and I believe it actually burns more fuel than leaving it in D. Reasoning is you burn more idling than you do coasting w/o throttle since the rotation of the wheels is keeping the engine going without need for gas, albeit it's probably a negligible amount. It's also probably not good to shift back into D if you're still coasting as it may cause unnecessary stress to the tranny/clutch if you're not in the correct RPM range/gear. That being said, people with manual trannys do this so you can too if you want. I just don't think it's necessary personally.
I agree, it's not necessary. The thing is that the engine break drives me crazy. I can't stop gradually because the tranny downgrades from 4th to 3rd to 2nd with a hard engine break. I don't care for fuel savings with engine breaking, I'd rather have a smooth stop to the red light. I am still not convinced that there are no negative side effects for the DSG when shifting to N when stopping at the red light. Any other thoughts?