Indeed. I tried really hard with my 175 hp diesel and could only get a 7.4 time.
Has to be said though, the 6 speed gearbox of the 04's A4 B6 doesn't like fast shifting at all. The gap between the lower gears appears to be super long, for me at least.
Don't know if that's the same for the diesel engines, but it's definitely the case for the petrol engines.
Well, then again I don't like shifting vigorously at all, it hurts my feelings and the car aswell, that might have something to do with it. Even when driving sporty/spiritedly I try to shift as smooth as possible because I don't think shifting quickly and possibly hurting the transmission and my spine is worth the time/speed you gain.
Means it has shitty synchros, my Subaru is like that, fast shifting is not fun at all you basically have to force it into gear.
That's exactly how I feel.What I find interesting is all the people complaining about manuals in traffic, I never once felt that I would rather have an auto in traffic, the fact that there is traffic annoys me not the having to shift part.
That's what you concluded. I never found it to be a burden. Hell, if anything driving a manual makes the commute less boring for me. Only auto cars I've enjoyed driving had a nice big V8 in them too.At first the traffic is the major factor. After 8 years of 2 hrs of traffic a day, every day... You have had enough time to think and conclude that you're killing your left leg and your clutch for no reason at all
I've owned a couple manual daily drivers and a couple automatic daily drivers, as well as a couple manual project cars. I don't feel like getting older is making me like driving stick less, but I have been feeling like my next car should be something a bit more "grown up". Not something boring, but something a bit nicer spec and more luxurious. And those tend to be automatic only, which is a bit of a let down.