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Old 10-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Shonky View Post
The only thing with SMG that I find jerking is coming to an almost complete stop and it decides to change down to 1st (as mentioned above). If you put your foot down to go when the clutch is disengaged then the SMG engages the clutch with your foot down like a mini clutch dump. Very easy to get used to and you know it's coming since it always does it.

Auto mode doesn't really work. If I want auto mode I want the faster shifts but if you put it in D5 (fastest auto mode) for example it won't change past 3rd gear at 60km/h which is painful. The lower D modes are just too slow and change up much too fast. Also it does things like change from 1st to 2nd half way through turning (e.g. at a T intersection turning on to the main road). So half way into the intersection you free wheel whilst it's changing gear. It's just doing it at the wrong time.

Aside from a few things like that I find SMG quite smooth and easy to drive. Those who say otherwise haven't ever lived with an SMG. Perhaps they've driven one once before and made their mind up based on that. In slow traffic, parking, reverse etc I find it just as easy to drive as an auto.

Basically it comes down to this:
1) You drive a torque converter auto like an auto.
2) You drive a conventional clutch manual like a manual
3) You drive an SMG like an SMG.
Spot on. I have a few small dislikes with SMG..

I don't feel comfortable letting other people drive my car if they don't have an understanding of the gearbox. I don't ever think I'll let my parents drive my car because they think it's a normal auto and would drive it accordingly then most likely get frustrated with it.

It's also annoying when it's a bit jerky in traffic and you have a passenger who doesn't understand the gearbox and thinks it's your driving. Worst is when you're on a hill and come to a brief stop and don't wait long enough for it to grab 1st and get the mini clutch dump.

Mine also seems to be a bit jerky in traffic when it decides to shift to 2nd when braking. I find I almost have to lift off the brake pedal slightly when it disengages the clutch into 2nd gear.

Apart from that I love it

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