Has anybody studied what can be done to increase the speed of gear changes? I read that there is a solution avail. in the UK...Any details?

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Comment by SiKaye on June 18, 2008 at 8:16pm
i hate how it auto shifts back to first, cuz i will be approaching a red and i'll look down see that its still in second i'll look back up and the light turns green so i start to move then it makes a sound so i look down and it switched to first.
Comment by Mayumi on June 18, 2008 at 1:32pm
I always drove an automatic. My husband showed me how to use the "manual mode" to down shift to fourth when I feel like passing. I do it before I need to hit the gas, so I don't have to worry about the timing. In "auto mode" I couldn't always get the car out of 5th and didn't have any power to pass. I like the fact that it shifts back to 1st for me when I come to a stop. I always forget. I love the helpful arrows, too. I'm sure my husband would love it to shift faster--he's an Formula 1 fan and toys with the paddles all the time.
Comment by allen westover on June 18, 2008 at 11:26am
WE TEST DROVE ONE AT BEDFORD CENTER THE SALES MAN WAS VERY HELPFULL HE SAID WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE ITS TIME TO SHIFT JUST LET OFF THE GAS PEDDLE ,LIKE SHIFTING A STICK ,AND IT SHIFTS FAIRLY QUICK WE TRIED IT AND IT WORKED FAIRLY WELL.
Comment by Laurent on June 18, 2008 at 10:24am
I grew up with stick only too but it is slow even in manual mode. I will enquire about the ECU that should be available in the UK. Apparently, the US version is slower than the Euro version. On another note, since the Brabus version is not avail. here, I have ordered a body kit and wheels form Lorinser for the look. I wil post pics after it is installed.
Comment by Art & Helen on June 18, 2008 at 10:05am
If you feel the need for quick acceleration, you're best off staying in manual mode and shifting higher in the rpm band. I grew up with nothing but stick, so manual shifting presents no problem for me. With no clutch, it's even easier.
Comment by Doug Vaughn on June 18, 2008 at 9:08am
I've heard there are many different modification available overseas. The gear changing really took me a long time to get use to. It would seem they (smart) would make the gear changes quicker the farther you push the pedal down. It is very annoying when you have to accelerate quickly, you lose all of your momentum waiting for the gear changes.

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