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Old 12-10-2003, 07:57 PM
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I'm a strong believer in downshifting and the key to avoiding stress on the transmission, whether auto or manual, is to match the engine speed of the next gear before completing the downshift. If you just release the clutch or pull the shift lever back with an auto tranny without pressing the throttle appropriately, then yes, that puts stress on your driveline. Otherwise it's just like upshifting, provided you don't overrev the engine.

Downshifting is very useful on long downgrades to avoid overheating your brakes and possibly killing yourself. Also while driving on snow or ice it's safer than applying the brakes if you do it smoothly and not downshift too low.
2004 VW Jetta TDI (manual)

Past MB's: '96 E300D, '83 240D, '82 300D, '87 300D, '87 420SEL
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