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Old 09-08-2016, 04:13 AM   #1
Seadweller
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Tiptronic Shifting Characteristics - What's Normal?

My '98 with around 36K miles exhibits a behavior that I'd like to confirm as normal or not. If it's not normal, I'd like to know what might be causing it. The car has done this since the day I bought it, but driving it recently finally caused me to inquire.

Describing it is difficult, but here goes: In automatic mode, the transmission of course starts in 2nd gear. When you accelerate from a stop, it feels like there's a light, interim shift (RPM's actually slightly drop), mid-way before the transmission finally/crisply shifts into 3rd. It's almost as if there's a small gear change between 2nd and 3rd. I haven't confirmed it if occurs in manual mode yet. Otherwise, the transmission operates flawlessly in every way.

This is not to be confused with the mapping that keeps the transmission from shifting until the car warms up.

Normal?

Thanks!
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