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Okay so driving home through 20 miles of moderate street traffic yesterday I was in manual mode 100% of the time. It really helps out on braking tremendously. Here's my findings:
1. I can get to 60 mph while in 2nd gear. This allows 2nd gear to be versatile in many city traffic conditions.
2. Depending on speed, I found downshifting from 5th gear to 3rd or 4th gear to 2nd optimal for my braking requirements which are not met while in automatic mode. The engine braking helps minimize brake dive and works in conjunction with the brake rotors/pads. Question: does this improve brake rotor/pad life? I'm still learning the best balance in terms of engine braking and pedal braking as to provide a smooth process. So far I'm loving this car a lot more right now.
3. Upshifting from 2nd to 4th or 3rd to 5th allows me to increase my mpgs.
4. The max torque comes in at 3250 rpms. Power should be available between 3250 through about 6000 rpms.
5. 6th gear is not needed on the street unless going over 60mph. I found 5th gear to be the highest gear needed on streets to maintain high mpgs under 60 mph.
6. I kind of wish I had paddle shifters.
7. The stock headers and piping under the car sounds pretty good for factory equipment while in the 3250-6000 range in 2nd-3rd gear. I checked the piping and man...its pretty big for a family car. The muffler appears to be the weak link.
8. Happy with braking while in manual mode. I still think stainless steel brakelines and maybe higher spec brake fluid could help the stock system. Stickier tires would definitely improve braking.
Last edited by M6-um; 12-09-2015 at 09:37 AM.