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Old 11-02-2013, 06:17 AM   #1
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A6 ZL1 owners: How often do u really use your tap shifter feature?

I realized that I hardly ever use the tap shifters on my Z's steering wheel mainly because I can only use one hand on my steering wheel due to the other hand operating my hand controls (cuz I'm in a wheelchair).

although I do wonder though..... would I really ever use these functions even if I were able to use both hands on my steering wheel or not?

what about u guys and gals?
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Old 11-02-2013, 06:40 AM   #2
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not so far, and I've had the car for over a year....
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:22 AM   #3
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I use manual mode more /all time
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:24 AM   #4
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had them on the wifes first 2010 SS and never used them. in fact they were really only good for straight line running cuz when you turn your wheel they turn too. its best just to run in manual mode on the auto and leave the tap shifters alone. that way the car shifts at slightly higher shift points
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:25 AM   #5
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my uncle has an auto ZL1 he never uses it either, hes to lazy
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:35 AM   #6
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I realized that I hardly ever use the tap shifters on my Z's steering wheel mainly because I can only use one hand on my steering wheel due to the other hand operating my hand controls (cuz I'm in a wheelchair).

although I do wonder though..... would I really ever use these functions even if I were able to use both hands on my steering wheel or not?

what about u guys and gals?
with your disability are you able to race the car ozzy? in the few years ive known you i never see you at the track with this car or the old bumble bee car.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:58 AM   #7
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Every day! Nothing beats the sound of the windows down and grabbing second gear at 5500 rpm... It's an angry sound...
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:07 AM   #8
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Incredibly rarely.
It was the same way with the SS for 2 years.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:27 AM   #9
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Used daily for both up and down shifts. Nothing quite the sound of the S/C whine and exhaust at a 5K+ shift. Also love the rev matching downshifts.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:48 AM   #10
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Use them mostly for engine braking down a long hill.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:39 AM   #11
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Used daily for both up and down shifts. Nothing quite the sound of the S/C whine and exhaust at a 5K+ shift. Also love the rev matching downshifts.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:50 AM   #12
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I tried the paddle shifters a few times when I had my auto 2SS. I found it a very unnatural way to drive the car and not even close to resembling the feel of a true manual transmission. As others have stated, I drove my auto 95% of the time in M mode.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:51 AM   #13
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Every day love the paddle shifters
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:32 AM   #14
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when doing my burnout in the box.. and when I want to do a 2nds gear rolling smoke show on the street.. that's it,
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:55 AM   #15
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I've test driven some auto tranny cars that have the 'manual' shift feature built into the shifter - that seems more intuitive and useful than paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

I drive a 6M, while the missus' car has paddle shifters and I only play with them occasionally, but the missus never uses them.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:21 AM   #16
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Almost never here, but when I get the new Chevy SS, it has the Slap Shift function and I will use the hell out of that ...
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #17
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Almost never here, but when I get the new Chevy SS, it has the Slap Shift function and I will use the hell out of that ...
I bought the aftermarket bigger shifter pedals for on the column and these were OK, but I have since purchased the pushbutton kit for on the floor shifter but have not installed it yet due to working out of town,(Gary IN.) I normally have the shifter in manual and still play with the column pedals, but I feel the pushbuttons on the shifter will be the best way to go. I especially like the rev matching on downshifts. I always had manual transmissions in my cars but this transmission is definately fun to play with. Stay Tuned!!
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:33 PM   #18
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Where did you buy the pushbutton kit from?

Does anyone know why GM went with paddle shifters instead of something on the shifter itself? I have a friend who bought a new Hyundai Sonata and I would love to have that kind of shifter for when I want to manually shift.

I saw the shifter offered for sale on here from that guy from Massachusetts (uses buttons on the shifter), but there is something about actually being able to use the shifter itself instead of pressing a button that is more appealing to me...like in the Sonata and a bunch of other cars.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:42 PM   #19
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Bumblebee, All the time for me, Once you get familiar with TAP SHIFT its really fun to drive in. Love the options we have with auto.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #20
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Bumblebee, All the time for me, Once you get familiar with TAP SHIFT its really fun to drive in. Love the options we have with auto.
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #21
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All the time on both cars.
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:45 PM   #22
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Where did you buy the pushbutton kit from?

Does anyone know why GM went with paddle shifters instead of something on the shifter itself? I have a friend who bought a new Hyundai Sonata and I would love to have that kind of shifter for when I want to manually shift.

I saw the shifter offered for sale on here from that guy from Massachusetts (uses buttons on the shifter), but there is something about actually being able to use the shifter itself instead of pressing a button that is more appealing to me...like in the Sonata and a bunch of other cars.
I bought the pushbutton shifter from CFD, located in Mass.,for $249.
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:37 PM   #23
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with your disability are you able to race the car ozzy? in the few years ive known you i never see you at the track with this car or the old bumble bee car.
I use to go every Wednesday and Friday nights when I had my '87 Grand National. That was roughly 15 years ago when I had a lot more time than I do now. I do plan on running my Z at least one time this winter season just to see what it will do.
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:53 PM   #24
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I use it seleclectively, if you are trying to maintain a certain speed range and find two gears you like it is great. Otherwise I drive in manual and let the transmissin decide how I want to drive.


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Old 11-03-2013, 01:04 AM   #25
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Thats one feature I would look forward to having. Especially coming from a Lexus right now ( interested in ZL1)
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