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    1. Junior Member
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      2016 Jetta 1.8 TSI Sport
      03-26-2020 08:35 PM #1
      The title says it all. Is it detrimental to the drivetrain if you always drive around in sport mode?
      2016 1.8 sport.


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      03-27-2020 12:10 PM #2
      Driving normally but in sport mode? Or driving it hard and redlining it every time you drive are two different things. However as long as you keep up with maintenance theres no reason this should cause any harm.

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      2016 GLI SEL
      03-28-2020 01:45 AM #3
      I always drive in sport mode. It makes the car behave in a way that I like, which is, more sporty lol. DSG is a little sluggish to me in normal mode.

      I'm never really hard on the car. Spirited at times, yes, but I always drive it in a civilized manner. For me, there's no reason to do anything else.

      2016 GLI, and the car is a lot of fun.

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      03-28-2020 12:06 PM #4
      you're fine
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      2016 Jetta 1.8 TSI Sport
      03-28-2020 05:35 PM #5
      Appreciate the answers fellas.
      No I’m not driving it hard. Just like that extra little bit of gittyup from time to time when I want tap it.


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      03-28-2020 05:59 PM #6
      I drove my gti in sport or paddle mode for about 90k. Never had an issue.
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      2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8
      Yesterday 02:45 PM #7
      It means you'll be at a higher RPM most of the time and will have worse MPG, but not entirely bad. Potential for burning oil a bit quicker, so just check regularly.

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      2017 Jetta 1.8T Sport
      Yesterday 04:36 PM #8
      I always drive my 17 1.8 Sport in sport mode. I prefer it because of the way it downshifts when I let off the gas pedal. And how it holds a higher gear at lower speeds. Much more responsive.

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