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  1. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    It's the hybrid (electric motor) that is helping, not the CVT. If it's possible to entirely disengage the electric motor, it will be quite boring. That said, any car with loads of power will feel better, such as Forester XT.
  2. I didn't read through all 24 pages... did anybody ever mentioned your side window glass actually looks bad and I think that needs to be fixed first... by a detaling shop... using a claybar and something like rainX might actually improve the mirror situation. As for the other issues, no comments man.... really quite sway.
  3. Detach8

    Why more people are renewing COE?

    I think it's not that complicated. There was a time, when people didn't think COE will hit 90K. But it did. There was a time, when cars were not so reliable. So it was. Cars in the last 10 years have improved tremendously in terms of general reliability, and now that people have seen COE shoot through the roof, they worry the same will happen again.
  4. Detach8

    New 2018 BMW X3

    30i without question asked. Trust me, because I have the old 20i. It sucks. 190hp for a 1.8tonne car is shit.
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    2014 Mazda 3

    It's most likely caused by the aircon. The car will restart the engine when the temperature in the cabin deviates too far from the set temperature to enable the aircon to work again.
  6. After reading 3 pages of this I find it pointless? First, OP.. why buy a car and put down $15k... not $15 or $150 or $1,500.. it's $15k... and decide to cancel it? Then now... you seem to be just asking for help but not doing anything yourself to find a buyer. I find the attitude appalling.
  7. Detach8

    New 2018 BMW X3

    Live traffic need to pay subscription. Expensive. Phone App to send location also need to pay, after first 3 years. New X3 is not using the N20 engine. B series engine, no direct flash tuning available right now. Only piggybacks which IMHO are crappy.
  8. Detach8

    New 2018 BMW X3

    The X3 with the 20i engine is junk. Such a low torque/hp engine lugging a big fat body will result in worse emissions and fuel economy. If you like the X3, go straight for 30i, otherwise please take the money and buy the Audi Q5. The current Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro has a decent engine pushing 250hp thereabouts is amazingly quick versus the way underpowered 180hp X3 20i. You will likely get better economy out of the Q5 as well. Test both, and feel the difference. Otherwise consider a PI Merc GLC 250d. For vehicles this size, I still think diesel is the way to go. Another worthwhile contender is actually the XC60. I actually like the XC60, but the price abit too high I feel. LTA and their crappy regulations
  9. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    I don't know what to say... F1 banned DCT. If they didn't, I bet you all F1 cars would have DCT to improve shift quality, and as a bonus the driver can even pre-select the next gear to be a down or upshift. Nobody wants a transmission that causes a jerk, especially not in a race car. Do you know why modern super cars have these semi-automatic clutched transmissions? That's because they are so powerful that they can no longer make them fully manual otherwise you will break your foot trying to do gear changes. Every enthusiast out there wants a clutch pedal. Being able to master the clutch for a smooth shift is part of the "fun". The reason why modern clutches don't last as long has a myriad of reasons, from increase in modern turbo engine output, to clutch material and clutch plate pressure (whether it was designed for performance or comfort), etc. Your reliability numbers are pulled from the sky, and I can assure you that the wet 6 DSG in the old Golf GTI also has issues before 100k. So did the ZF6 found in 2000+ BMWs. Nothing is flawless. There are always tradeoffs.
  10. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    This is not true. TC has lockup, and can give you the feeling of a shift too. Like I said, modern engine DMEs do many things to reduce the "bang into gear" feeling, even on the DSG systems.
  11. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    AFAIK F1 sequential gearbox is not the same as a regular synchro-based manual gearbox. Please fact check. And F1 does not want jerks in the gear shift. Goodness me. In fact they are trying to make them smooth. Do you know what happens if an F1 car with 700hp jerks through a shift around a corner at speed? The story from my friend who drives the Fiat with a Selespeed is different from your description... yes the clutch seems to last (so did my 9 year old VW DSG?), but the actuator for the clutch does not last and is a well known problem/failure.
  12. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    LOL I almost puke out my teh peng
  13. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    Felipe said, people have been "... buying cars fitted with an F1 type gearbox". And my question was: What car on the street has a manual sequential and automated single clutch transmission which is the transmission found in F1 cars? Not sure if you understood what I was saying in the first place. Anyway... Taking your example specifically... I don't see how an automated manual like the Selespeed will make my driving enjoyment better than say the ZF8 or even my old skool manual car. It is slow and jerky. And I really mean slow, i.e. it takes like a second to react to my shift commands. I think I shift faster and better on my fully manual transmission myself. I've only ever driven a Selespeed in a Fiat, though. The VW DSG is nice in that aspect... in that it shifts quickly, smoothly, rather seamlessly and then also behaves like a conventional auto in that it creeps once the brake is let off. I do like how it shifts, I just don't like that I have to constantly manage my driving habits (more than usual) to care for the transmission. On top of that when my wife drives it she does not really know how to handle the DSG because she has only ever driven automatic cars all her life, so after I switched her car (the VW Golf DSG is the wife's car) to a 116d equipped with ZF8, I personally enjoy the ride as a passenger more. To quote, once again, our friend Felipe: "giving the feel of a manual shift" is really subjective. I guess most people want that direct, locked-in feeling. To me, the ZF8 is very close, in that it is still a fixed ratio gear (not CVT), so the "feeling of manual shift" is there - especially in cars that have the ZF8 tuned for sporty response, the shift is really fast and instant, and it has a TC lockup at every gear so the feeling is very direct. Most -- and almost all -- manual transmissions (automated or not) these days are affected by how the engine DME responds during a shift. The DME does a myriad of things to allow smooth shifts to happen, such as rev-matching and retarding ignition timing (or reducing engine output) during the (momentary) shift period for a smooth transition. So, once again, everything is computer controlled... what exactly does "feel" mean again? To each his own. Have a good day all!
  14. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    Selespeed is not a, and I quote, "F1 type gearbox". It's a slow, jerky, single clutch transmission.
  15. Detach8

    How problematic is VW's 7 speed DSG?

    One more thing... how many street legal cars actually have a sequential gearbox "like the F1"? F1 cars... sequential transmission... does not require clutch dip to switch gears. It's a sequential transmission for that reason. The only time the clutch is used, is to launch the car in gear 1 and it is computer controlled. F1 is a race car.. it's not meant to be smooth. But you can have a sequential manual (like in a motorbike) that works relatively smoothly. But that's not the point. What exactly is the "F1" technology that is in modern street car that he is talking about when referring to transmission and driving feel?
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