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  1. Hi Been contemplating getting a VW jetta but quite concerned about how serious the 7 speed DSG problem is. I would say its the only thing stopping me now. VW sales guy said its those ppl who mod (chip) the car. But what i heard from others is even not chipped also have problem. Every 1 or 2 month have to visit workshop. And their after sales is not fantastic either. Anyone here can share?
  2. I am new to a DSG gearbox (been only a week) so would welcome some advice. When going up the incline in HDB car park, my VW Golf 1.4TSI seems remarkably reluctant. I do know why this is happening - as I approach the incline I need to slow down (brake) and turn right to get onto the slope. The DSG gearbox thinks I am going to stop, so it is not in the right gear as I complete my turn. Opening the throttle slightly does not move the car up the incline, and with more throttle it moves too quickly. Also I have noted that when going down the incline in HDB car park, when you take your foot off the brake, and step on the accelerator, it seems reluctant to get going again. Again, I do know why this is happening... the DSG gearbox thinks I am going to stop, so it is not in the right gear as I complete my turn Have you encountered the same issue, and do you have any techniques, or is it just a matter of getting used to it? Been driving AT & CVT, and none of them had this issue. Thanks in advance, Naresh.
  3. xherion

    New 2015 Volkswagen Passat

    Very sleek and spacious with nice interior ......will sell well if it's as reliable (ahem2 DSG)
  4. Keithchue

    DSG GB maintance - DQ200

    guys, any practices for maintenance or dos and don'ts for the infamous DQ200 7speeder dry DSG from VW? just want to start this topic for knowledge sharing oops, sorry this thread should not be 'complaints' section, MOD, please move to appropriate section
  5. The 2013 Skoda Octavia RS will be making its debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. But before that, the Czech automaker has released the first official video featuring the RS in sedan and Combi body styles. On the exterior, the Octavia RS has subtle styling cues that distinguish it from the regular model. These include a blackened grille, honeycomb air intake, dual chromed exhaust pipes, red brake calipers and a rear spoiler for the sedan. The new generation Octavia RS is available with either a 2.0-litres TSI petrol engine producing 220 bhp or a 2.0-litres TDI delivering 184 bhp. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual clutch transmission. The petrol/manual combination sprints from standstill to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds while the TDI/manual version takes 8.1 seconds to do so. Sports Chassis is standard equipment on the RS, which makes the car sit 15mm lower than the standard Octavia. Electronic XDS differential lock is also a standard feature, which is part of the ESC electronic stabilisation programme. The XDS system improves wheel traction and reduces understeering during fast cornering.
  6. Skoda has officially unveiled the top-of-the-range vRS version of the all new Octavia, which is planned for a public debut on 10th July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed held in England. The 2013 Octavia vRS will be available in both sedan and combi body styles. Engine options include the 220bhp 2.0-litre TSI gasoline engine and the 184bhp 2.0-litre TDI. Skoda offers a six-speed DSG transmission as an option for both engines. For the standard six-speed manual version, the petrol vRS does the century sprint in 6.8 seconds while the TDI needs 8.1 seconds. The 2013 Skoda Octavia vRS lineup comes with a sports suspension and sits nearer to the ground. Other goodies include an electronic XDS differential, start/stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration. There is a choice of four alloy rims with sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches. Behind the rims are red brake calipers. The new vRS has a blackened grille, revised front and rear bumpers, chromed dual exhaust pipes, rear spoiler and bi-xenon head lights. On the inside, the sports sedan comes with a leather-stitched sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, sport seats and a redesigned instrument panel.
  7. Some time in the first half of 2011, the Mk6 Golf GTD was introduced in Singapore. Now, the new generation is about to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Like the Mk6 Golf GTD, the Mk7 version combines the styling details and chassis setup of the GTI with a diesel engine. The GTD will only be offered in three exterior colors, namely Tornado Red, Black and Pure White. Motivation is provided by a 2.0-litre common rail turbocharged inline-four producing 181bhp and 380Nm of peak torque from 1,750 rpm. The engine is coupled to a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed dual clutch DSG. Century sprint is completed in 7.5 seconds while the fastest speed that one can go is 229km/h. The Mk7 Golf GTD shaved off 0.6 seconds in the century sprint performance as compared to its 170bhp predecessor. On the inside, the GTD gets tartan sports seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and a gear lever with 'GTD' engraving.
  8. [extract] Volkswagen has launched two limited editions of the MK6 Golf GTI to commemorate the final model year of the hot hatch at the Chicago Auto Show. The GTI Wolfsburg Edition will go on sale in Q1 2013 and only 2000 units will be produced. For the GTI Driver
  9. SYF77

    VW celebrates 30 Years of the Caddy

    Volkswagen has released the Edition 30 Caddy, the brand's light commercial vehicle, to commemorate its 30th year in production this year. The external changes of the Caddy Edition 30 include gloss black roof, fog lights, roof rails, twin halogen headlights, painted bumpers and 17-inch Budapest alloy wheels with black highlights. 'Edition 30' logo can be found on the dual sliding doors, rear end and door sills. On the inside, the special edition receives two-tone Alcantara upholstery, a leather steering wheel and climate control. Other goodies include an upgraded RCD 310 radio/CD unit, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. The compact van is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine which is capable of 138bhp. The manual version completes the century sprint in 10 seconds while the six-speed DSG model takes just 0.1 seconds longer. The DSG-equipped Caddy returns a combined fuel consumption of 6.5 litres per 100km.
  10. Volkswagen has officially apologized for problems caused by its DSG gearboxes, in China. The German automaker acknowledges the issues related to the DQ200 7-speed dual dry clutch transmission and agreed to extend the warranty for these gearboxes to an unprecedented 10 years and 160,000km. Consumers have been reporting the problems faced with the DSG gearboxes since last year. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine's (AQSIQ) Defective Products Management Center sent a request to the automaker, urging them to come up with a solution since they worry that the faulty gearboxes might pose a hazard to the consumers. In response to the AQSIQ, VW implemented a software update to address the problem in Feb 2012, but refused to accept that the problem constituted a real safety risk. Local Volkswagen owners would be aware that Volkswagen Centre Singapore has also initiated a software update for the 7-speed DSG around the same period. In China, the 30 minute software update was installed on around 500,000 VW and Skoda vehicles but soon after having the update installed, the problems came back and to make things worse, new issues are also beginning to surface. A survey done by auto quality website 12365auto.com in early May found that VW's faulty DSG gearboxes remained the most complained about problem among automobile owners. Apparently, there is no permanent solution to the problem yet. From a personal experience, the software update with clutch adaptation has greatly reduced the juddering at low speed. But on the day I penned this article, I am beginning to feel it again. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
  11. Just one year ago, Volkswagen introduced the Mk6 Golf Cabriolet at the Geneva Motor Show. And this year at the same auto show, Volkswagen is bringing a production ready Mk6 Golf Cabriolet GTI. The car will be the last Mk6 Golf sub-model before the German automaker unveils the next-generation Golf some time at the end of this year. Volkswagen first showed a concept version of the car in the middle of last year during the 2011 Worthersee Tour. Many felt that it was not surprising for Volkswagen to introduce a GTI version for the car as they have done that before in the Mk1 Golf Cabriolet. The car might retain some of the concept
  12. FaezClutchless

    First Look: 2013 Volkswagen CC

    [extract] When Volkswagen released the Passat CC back in 2008, the German automaker stated that the car was the
  13. FaezClutchless

    Loving the VW Beetle Turbo

    [extract] The original VW Beetle is one of my favourite cars. It might not have huge horsepower figures or a sleek, sloping roofline but overall in my eyes, the car is nice to look at; something that is cool to drive. When Volkswagen released the New Beetle, I had mixed feelings about it. But eventually I had to accept it as time always bring about changes. Although Volkswagen released a powerful version of the New Beetle equipped with the 3.2 litre VR6 engine, the local dealers did not bring it in. One of the reasons I heard on why it didn
  14. SYF77

    Volkswagen Centre Singapore

    [extract] I read from a recent issue of Carbuyer magazine that Volkswagen Centre Singapore (VCS) has appointed a new General Manager of Aftersales, Mr Chris Kelly. He is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing customers' needs from the time their vehicles are out of the showroom. Volkswagen is one of the fastest rising European brand in Singapore thanks to the narrowing price gap between Japanese cars and the European makes, as well as the company
  15. SYF77

    Audi TT RS to get DSG Gearbox

    The Audi TT RS is finally getting the VW Group's S tronic, 7-speed DSG gearbox. Audi has announced that the dual-clutch transmission will be available in the TT RS, both in the coupe and roadster variants, as of this month. The DSG gearbox promises to deliver improved fuel economy as the seventh gear comes with a long ratio to reduce engine speed with offers tons of torque on hand to keep the TT RS moving. The TT RS comes with a direct-injection, 2.5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine, which won the International Engine of the Year award for its category just this past June. The TFSI engine produces 340 PS and achieves a maximum torque of 450 Nm . Coupled to the S tronic, the TT RS now has a fuel economy rating of 8.5 liters/100 km with CO2 emissions of 197 g/km in the coupe variant. The century sprint for the DSG equipped TT RS coupe is 4.3 seconds as compared to 4.6 seconds for the 6-speed manual version. Top speed is an electronically limited 250 km/h, which can be optionally removed in certain markets.
  16. Dual-clutch transmissions have become increasingly popular in small cars and have even appeared in high-performance machines like the Porsche 911 and Bugatti Veyron. Now, Mitsubishi Fuso has become the first commercial truck maker to offer one of these fancy gearboxes in a hauler. The new six-speed M038S6 "Duonic transmission" features wet clutches and incorporates the ability to creep in traffic for smoother operation. Although Duonic-equipped trucks will probably be driven mostly in fully-automatic mode, the transmission can also be manually shifted. Mitsubishi Fuso is 85-percent owned by Daimler, with the remainder being held by Mitsubishi. Examples of some of the commercial vehicles produced by Fuso are shown below.
  17. Blogger

    Nothing beats doing it yourself

    Erm... when it comes to shifting gears, that is. I recall when I test drove a VW equipped with a fancy DSG gearbox for the very first time. At that time, it seemed to me to be the way forward. A gearbox offering all the perks of a manual transmission without the need to physically depress a clutch pedal? I was very much sold by what I had been reading about it. The test drive, on the other hand, quickly revealed what the specifications sheet could not. True, it offered all the on paper benefits of a manual, but somehow, it had also eradicated the fun and feel of driving a manual car. After that experience, I was certain. Even in a horrendous jam, I'd much rather be driving a manual over a DSG. To me, the driving experience was really that much poorer. Yet, I am certain that I am clearly in the minority here. In Singapore, it appears that the manual transmission is headed the way of the dodo bird. Increasingly, car distributors locally are no longer offering a manual option or relegating it to a special indent basis. Hordes of Singaporeans crowded the VW showroom for the Polo launched with a 7 speed DSG transmission. Accordingly, most cars that we see on the road are now either a conventional auto or of the DSG type. All this, of course, is very bad news for me. And it leaves me somewhat baffled. If probed on their preference, most Singaporeans attribute their choice of a non-manual transmission to practicality. It is more convenient; less tiring in traffic jams; it is easier to drive; it is less straining on the knees; better resale value and so on. But in the UK, and most of continental Europe, I am told that most cars are manual. That is despite the fact that London has comparably heavy congestion and the steep 1 in 3 slopes that dominate much of UK's urban landscape. Even grannies in UK are game to drive a manual car. Doesn't it mean that most of our so-called 'practicality' reasons are really small and niggling inconveniences that we can live with and are not really as severe as we think? Why then, do most Singaporeans still prefer non-manual cars? I can only think of one reason for this. Just like our dominant national philosophy to life, most Singaporeans only want to get to the destination; the journey and the experience in between is insignificant.
  18. SYF77

    New entry level Skoda Octavia

    VW Jetta's distance cousin, the Octavia, has received new engine and transmission options for 2010. In particular, both the liftback and estate versions are now offered with a new, downsized 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine with direct-injection. This is the same powerplant that is expected to be fitted to the VW Polo later this year. The 1.2-liter TSI produces 105 horsepower and can be matted to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission. However, expect Singapore's version (if Harvest Automobiles decides to bring it in) to be offered only with the DSG version. The new engine propels the hatch from 0 to 100km/h in 10.8 seconds (Estate: 10.9 seconds) while returning a combined fuel economy of 5.7 lt/100km. The performance figure sounds decent and it seems to hate visits to petrol station too. This is a good opportunity for Harvest Automobile to once again promote the Octavia brandname among local buyers. Remove the HID lamps, headlamp washers, electric front seats, Alcantara seat (locally fitted leather will do) and pit it against the Corolla Altis in terms of pricing. I am sure we can see more Octavias zipping around if Harvest do the right thing.
  19. We have witnessed a tremendous rise in applications of twin clutch transmission in recent years. Manufacturers may call such technology by different names such as DSG (VW), Powershift (Ford), S Tronic (Audi), PDK (Porsche). I won't be surprised if torque converter equipped transmission makes it to the museum in 10 years' time. Let's take a detailed look at the future of automatic transmission. Twin-clutch gearbox was first put into production by BorgWarner, which calls it "DualTronic". It was first used in Audi TT 3.2 in the name "DSG" (Direct-Shift Gearbox). Like automated manual gearbox, BorgWarner
  20. Happy new year to all readers of MyCarForum! Year 2009 saw a shift in the buying pattern of motorists in Singapore. Continentals and Koreans are gaining market share at the expense of the offerings from the land of the rising sun. The major reasons being the closing up of the price difference between the continental and japanese cars, and the major improvement in the build quality of the Korean vehicles while maintaining their price competitiveness. VW is determined to continue the momentum that it has started in 2009. When I woke up on the first day of the new year, I saw a major advertisement by Volkswagen Centre Singapore (VCS) which promotes its TSI and DSG technologies. VCS also offered a special promotion period for their Jetta, valid till 20 Jan 2010. I became a proud owner of a Jetta Sports about 2 weeks ago and would like to share my personal opinions on the car. The exterior styling of the car is nothing to shout about. It projects an executive image and basically that's about it. The rear LED lightings is a nice touch. Going on to the interior, the dials on the instrument cluster are large and easy to read. The touchscreen RCD 510 entertainment system adds additional class to the well-built interior of the Jetta. The sound system is fine to me as I am not really an ICE person. The Jetta is very well put together with no rattlings from any part of the cabin. This is a testimonial to the quality control at VW's South Africa plant. Next, I come to the highly acclaimed 7 Speed DSG gearbox. Gear changes are lightning quick and imperceptible. My only complaint is that it upshifts too quickly and the car is already in 7th gear when I am travelling at around 65km/h. Being at the final gear at such low speed makes the car feel a bit lethargic some times. Perhaps in its application to the Jetta, the DSG system is more tuned towards efficiency. The Jetta Sports is fitted with the 2009 'International Engine of the Year' award winner - the 1.4 Twincharger engine. The engine is smooth even if I rev it up to 4000-5000rpm range. It's refinement can be compared to the creamy K20Z lump in my previous Honda Civic 2.0. When the traffic light turns green, the car feels a slight relunctance in moving off but it picks up speed readily once the car upshifts to 2nd gear. Fuel consumption wise, I am should be getting around 12 to 13km/l on my current 2nd full tank. The car has only clocked 800km so far and I would expect the consumption figure to improve over the next few weeks. Overall, I am quite pleased with the Jetta Sports and I wish VCS all the best in the coming year.
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