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      01-17-2014, 03:36 AM   #23
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I'm starting to think that I'm not using these gearboxes to their full extent. I dont think I have ever needed to deliberately initiate a kick down using the bump in the pedal. I've just never seen the need. A substaintial press is all I've ever needed to do to give me all the power I need with the appropriate gear change. If I've wanted to go down more than one gear I've put the trans into manual and chosen the gear myself. I've always found a full prod enough to initiate an uncomfortable jolt while the transmission wakes up, changes gear and applies my now 8/10ths throttle. Perhaps i need to try it.

By the way I am quite familiar with autos, had at least one for around 5 years now. DSG golf GTD, E60 M5 SMG, BMW X5, disco 4
I think you're fairly normal of anyone with a modern auto with a powerful diesel engine- kickdown doesn't make any sense and isn't really needed.

With an old petrol engine needing lots of revs with an old school 3 or 4 speed gearbox, then I can understand why kickdown was created!
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      01-17-2014, 03:57 AM   #24
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I'm starting to think that I'm not using these gearboxes to their full extent. I dont think I have ever needed to deliberately initiate a kick down using the bump in the pedal. I've just never seen the need.
For me it is the flexibility of these auto boxes that appeals, the fact there are several approaches to how we get a decent overtake.

I'd normally use a more controlled approach to an overtake, that is dropping a cog or two, getting ready to go. Driving up here, particularly the A82 (Glasgow - Inverness), you often just see an opportunity and you need to grab it full on, if you are not going to sit in a slow traffic flow. Hence why kick down is the fastest manoeuvre. Same for previous cars like the 540i, 330d and now the 535i. Not really a ratio count, but simply the fastest move from sitting at 40 - 45 mph behind a car or two. The box will do it faster than any manual intervention.

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      01-20-2014, 04:10 PM   #25
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I gave this a try today having read this thread and can confirm you really don't need it to get past another car, unless you want to get past five cars in a second
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