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Old 02-25-2009, 02:13 AM
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Default How to use Tiptronic

Ok, so I probably sound like an idiot asking this, but here it goes:

How do I use the tiptronic mode on my 99 Audi A6 Quattro?

I just want to drive the car normally, not too fast. At what speed and how many rpms should I shift up or down? Should I even shift down, or should I let the car do that on its own? Can I just put the car in tiptronic mode and just take off from a dead start?

Also, what risks, if any, am I taking when using the tiptronic mode?

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Old 02-25-2009, 03:58 AM
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For example, as used by licensee Audi, their five-speed Tiptronic will automatically make the upshifts from 1 to 2 when moving off from a stop, even when in manual mode; the transmission then waits for the user's upshift command before proceeding from 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and 4 to 5, although the transmission will still upshift if the redline is approached. On deceleration, the transmission will make all downshifts automatically when close to the tick-over or idle speed, to avoid running the engine at too-low an RPM, although the user can accelerate any downshift (that would not violate the redline), thus allowing improved engine braking, or preparation for intended acceleration
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Generally, if you have ever driven a stick shift, you should be able to listen to the engine and shift accordingly.
I personally haven't driven a tiptronic (yet), but I would think it should be somewhat similar to stick shifting (of course, there's no clutch involved here). Don't let the engine rev up excessively before shifting...
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:41 AM
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What Chefro indicates sounds about right. The only thing I will recommend, which was recommended to me by my Indy mechanic, is that you avoid aggressive downshifting as much as possible. This should extend the life of your transmission. Outside of that, use it as you like and have fun!

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