Posted by Lars Cousineau on December 14, 2000 at 03:04:40:
In Reply to: To Lars: just driving posted by T. Han on December 13, 2000 at 20:56:48:
The original discussion revolved around the term "combat" downshifting. Obviously the original writer was talking about "Banging Shifts" down and missing the gate. I do not see that as a factor in your 60 MPH example. My point was that I don't use my engine/transmission as a major source of braking the car. I paid particular attention to my shifting today after posting last night. I drive fairly agressively and even then, I primarily use the brakes to decelerate and drop the gears down to appropriate gearing to accelerate out corners, or recover from reduced speed. These cars are well engineered and a proper usage of all the components.... engine, transmission, brakes, etc. make them a thrill to drive. The point is that abuse of the mechanism will put it in the shop and take the thrill out of the drive.
I also know better than to think that my comments will change another persons driving habits. I am just sharing past experience and tell you that if you get impatient and miss a downshift by two gears (second, instead of fourth), it only takes a few seconds before the rattling starts under the hood.
I agree with you, but you miss the point of the originating discussion. Thank you for caring enough to make your point. Sincerely.