Hey all, first time posting here. Figured it was appropriate because I bought myself a new 2012 Golf TDI this afternoon!
Anyways, I'm just starting out with a job and a new car, so to save some money I opted for a manual transmission. I need a little practice still, but I can do it if I take my time. My question is does anyone have any experience with VW clutches in terms or burning them up or their average life cycle? I want to make sure that while I refresh myself on the art of manual transmission I am not damaging my clutch too much.
I found that with the TDI and it's massive torque, I rarely, if ever have to down shift, or rev match. It's new to me coming from my 2L Mk4 and a 2.5L rabbit. My GTI i only did for fun
for example, in 3rd gear with a slower curve/turn, i usually don't down shift or rev match unless I need lots of power for passing or matching traffic speed.
rev match should be rare...
Sunshine and farts.
Last edited by RogueTDI; 05-27-2012 at 05:42 PM.
You'll learn there's a sweet spot for shifting.
Somewhere around 3k for me.
Also, if slowing down and you wanna downshift.. I find a quick blip of the throttle is all you need to do it smoothly.