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    Thread: B7 Passat Thrown in Reverse whilst driving HWY speed

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      05-09-2012 04:34 AM #1
      Imagine this scenario. You've been driving a manual transmission vehicle for the last 15 years. You finally make a decision to get yourself in a NEW 2012 AUTO/DSG B7 Passat SEL. While Driving to you find yourself needing to downshift. You instinctively reach for the Shifter and attempt to throw it in 3rd gear while pressing a clutch pedal that is not there.

      What I thought was 3rd gear was actually Reverse. Nothing really happened. The car just coasted as I immediately realized what I have done and shifted back into drive.

      There was no loud clunk, explosion or what not. The car simply engaged back into drive and drove normally.

      So before anyone beats me up over this. Yes it was a stupid idiot mistake. Aside from that my question is..

      Is there any unforeseeable damage to the DSG Tranny that I am not seeing. My understanding after some reading is that most modern vehicles have an inhibitor for idiot mistakes such as this. But I found nothing related to the DSG.

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      05-09-2012 04:41 AM #2
      after pondering this for a few moments, I am pretty sure you were in neutral and not reverse. It's already been a while but I do not think it is possible to put the DSG in reverse while driving. You have to depress the brake to start the engine, etc, etc, the system is pretty intelligent.

      I would not loose any sleep over it.. you would know if your car was in reverse and real damage was done
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      05-09-2012 04:50 AM #3
      double post!
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      05-09-2012 12:12 PM #4
      The computer will not allow it.... BUT, if you leave it there, once you coast down to ??? speed, it WILL finally go into reverse. But by then you should have realized what you did and shift back into a forward gear.
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      05-09-2012 12:54 PM #5
      That is what I figured. The car behaved exactly as if it where in Neutral. So that is great to hear...So nothing hurt asside from my Pride.

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      05-11-2012 02:39 AM #6
      Can anyone explain the technical mechanics behind the safety inhibitor for situations such as this. It was amazing how easy I was able to throw the car in Reverse. If it were not for the VW Engineers protecting me from myself I may have left a Transmission yard sale all over interstate 15.

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      05-11-2012 08:54 AM #7
      I can't give you technical mechanics but I believe most modern cars are electronically controlled, especially in automated transmissions. While you're moving and the brakes are not engaged, it locks the transmission from shifting into reverse or park. Look at it like a wall. The wall is only up while you're moving. You may need to switch it into neutral, so that is allowed. But neutral basically just disengages the transmission from the wheels so it wouldn't hurt the transmission to engage and reengage while moving.

      Actually going into reverse while moving forward would most likely chew up the gears, as they move in a direction that's not the same as the direction of travel.
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