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I'm still kinda getting used to it. It shifts fast and all but it is also like sharing the responsibility of driving with someone whos choices you are constantly second guessing. The weird part is I mostly miss the stick when I'm driving around casually and the trans does something I didn't expect or wouldn't do myself.

When I drive it fast the thing is so fast that I'm actually pretty happy with the paddles, and most of the time I am in manual mode and deciding what gear we should be in anyway.

There still some software bugs that need to be worked out. sometimes it short shifts first even when in manual mode. it is sometimes clunky and seems confused about when to engage first gear at low speeds. my biggest complaint is sometimes when the thing is in auto mode and I try to take a turn (usually left) and I hit the gas and nothing happens. I mean nothing. the trans doesn't downshift, then engine doesn't rev, it's like the car stalled for a second and as this usually happens when I'm making a left that means I am sitting in a car rolling with no power into the path of oncoming traffic. in that moment if feels like the shitty old audi tiptronic transmissions that used to do the same thing but around pretty much every turn.

so... it's neat and fun in some regards but annoying and stupid in others. I'm still kind of on the fence about it but I plan to upgrade the software and try and make the best of it for a while. Also, I'm still learning to work with the DSG. I have over 20 years with manuals and only a couple months with the DSG.

I'm looking at doing a stage 2 DSG tune in the near future: http://www.hpamotorsport.com/dsg-stages.htm

I can't believe audi didn't think of some of the stuff in there. Disabling the kickdown throttle switch in manual mode seems to be the most glaring. I already fixed the problem of the car not telling you what gear you are in by recoding the factory software with vag-com. That seems like another simple thing that was overlooked by audi. People coming from a manual trans like to know what gear they are in but by default the car will only tell you what gear you are in in manual mode.

anything else you'd like to know? I feel like I'm rambling.

I took the porsche out the other day and it did sort of feel really good to be rowing a proper manual again.
Reason I ask is I'm really getting to like Audis, a couple people I work with have them and they are f'in fun, solid ride, quattro is amazing, etc etc. And these are just 3-4 yr old A4s..

I'm looking at something like this in the future... thoughts?
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...5&aff=national
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How's that working out in the snow?

it's rwd, not an xi right?

yeah it's rwd.

i have conti DWS on there, so it's not too bad. just have to accelerate in moderation
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Reason I ask is I'm really getting to like Audis, a couple people I work with have them and they are f'in fun, solid ride, quattro is amazing, etc etc. And these are just 3-4 yr old A4s..

I'm looking at something like this in the future... thoughts?
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...5&aff=national

Prior to the B8, they were still just Tiptronic (standard automatic with paddles). The B8 model S4 has a true DSG (manual, dual-clutch, electronically controlled, with paddles).

I'd aim for a manual for any B5/B6/B7 model A4/S4.
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lol that's bad ass, I may get one now

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I'm still kinda getting used to it. so... it's neat and fun in some regards but annoying and stupid in others. I'm still kind of on the fence about it but I plan to upgrade the software and try and make the best of it for a while. Also, I'm still learning to work with the DSG. I have over 20 years with manuals and only a couple months with the DSG.

I'm looking at doing a stage 2 DSG tune in the near future: http://www.hpamotorsport.com/dsg-stages.htm

I can't believe audi didn't think of some of the stuff in there.

I took the porsche out the other day and it did sort of feel really good to be rowing a proper manual again.

That's basically how driving an auto is to me, and exactly how I figured even a real DSG might feel. Has it's ups, has it's downs. Manual isn't always better or more enjoyable either, but in general I think it annoys me less so I have to "stick" with it

Ps. they ought to pay you for these good and indeed obvious ideas. Why NOT show what gear it's in? Would confuse the women too much or something.



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yeah it's rwd.

i have conti DWS on there, so it's not too bad. just have to accelerate in moderation

I love driving in the rain, that's about as close as we get here.
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anything else you'd like to know? I feel like I'm rambling.

I took the porsche out the other day and it did sort of feel really good to be rowing a proper manual again.

This is exactly how I'd feel about having an auto transmission in my personal vehicle. In a loaner or in someone else's vehicle, I don't mind using a tiptronic, slushbox or DSG, but for my own vehicle I need absolute control over the gear selection.
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Reason I ask is I'm really getting to like Audis, a couple people I work with have them and they are f'in fun, solid ride, quattro is amazing, etc etc. And these are just 3-4 yr old A4s..

I'm looking at something like this in the future... thoughts?
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...5&aff=national

that will be a nice car but the old V8 S4s got terrible mileage. like in the 15-18MPG range.

the old autos were also more annoying in their hesitation and were less performance oriented. Audi assured is the way to go though, getting a nice warranty on a used car is a good thing.
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that will be a nice car but the old V8 S4s got terrible mileage. like in the 15-18MPG range.

the old autos were also more annoying in their hesitation and were less performance oriented. Audi assured is the way to go though, getting a nice warranty on a used car is a good thing.

Horrible mileage is a fact, but that doesn't make them any less enjoyable. I'd still have one, despite the V6T FSI being a better package overall.
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that will be a nice car but the old V8 S4s got terrible mileage. like in the 15-18MPG range.

the old autos were also more annoying in their hesitation and were less performance oriented. Audi assured is the way to go though, getting a nice warranty on a used car is a good thing.
Well I figure if I wait a few more years, I could pick up a B8 used for about the same, relatively, and I'll have more available cash at that point (and hopefully a garage to keep it in )
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Well I figure if I wait a few more years, I could pick up a B8 used for about the same, relatively, and I'll have more available cash at that point (and hopefully a garage to keep it in )

Where will you be at when you get a garage? That Audi is only 15 minutes from where I live.
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Where will you be at when you get a garage? That Audi is only 15 minutes from where I live.
Dunno... still looking at places in MD.
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Dunno... still looking at places in MD.
theres a nice place right down the road from me

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Horrible mileage is a fact, but that doesn't make them any less enjoyable. I'd still have one, despite the V6T FSI being a better package overall.

honestly, with the way I drive mine I only get 18-20MPG in the 3.0T.

but I also live in the hills and make mostly short trips.

and have a penchant for putting my foot in it.
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Wrote off the old one? What are the specs? Please say it's a 460 and not a 450h.

it was a 430 ... wrote this one off too.
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