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Old 10-10-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Does any 6 speed owners see a need for a gear indicator?

Is it just me or do any of you 6 speed owners see a need for a gear indicator that would tell you what gear you are in? I don't drive my Camaro as a daily driver so maybe it is because I don't drive the car all the time, but often I find myself only in 4th gear instead of 5th or 6th gear. The car just runs so easy at 70MPH in 4th gear I always seem to forget to upshift into 5th or 6th. I also find myself in stop and go traffic kind of loosing track of what gear I'm in, or I find myself shifting from 3rd into 6th because I think I am in
5th gear instead of 3rd gear.

Like I said, maybe it's just because I don't drive the car very often. Or that I usually have the sunroof open and the radio volume up really loud and I'm not listening to the engine speed. But I often find myself wondering what gear I'm in. Last week I drove the car about 30 miles at 70MPH and didn't realize that I had been in 4th gear the entire time until I down shifted when I was exiting the highway.

I'm not new to owning a stick shift, I have owned several manual transmission vehicles but all of them were 4 speeds so you didn't have a problem knowing what gear you were in like with my 6 speed Camaro.

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Old 10-10-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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Last week I drove the car about 30 miles at 70MPH and didn't realize that I had been in 4th gear the entire time until I down shifted when I was exiting the highway.
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Like I said, maybe it's just because I don't drive the car very often.
I would say thats probably your answer right there

I cant speak for the Camaro because I dont own one YET... but if its like any other stick I have driven it will just take some getting used to and then I wont even be thinkin about the what gear im in.... I will just know.
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I haven't driven a 2010 yet but on gen 4 this what I do when I lose my place with gears. Shift into nuetral and let go of the shifter it will slide into the spot between 3rd & 4th.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:36 PM   #9
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here is your gear indicator....


LMAO, i was going to post the same thing...good show...lol

If you can't "hear" what gear you are in, just need more practise with a manual tranny...
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Sounds like someone should have went for the extra $1k and got a 6 speed auto with gear indicators.........

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I don't know about an indicator but I like to stay in 4th (1:1) because it's like an old automatic with lower gears. Fun is the key word, I didn't buy this car to save the world or any fuel. 4th gear at 70 is like nothing for this motor so if makes me smile so be it. Sometimes I'll use 5th and 6th but it has to be a long highway cruise where I can use them and forget about them when in those gears.

Shouldn't be too hard to know you're in 4th though, the stick is down and 70 MPH with the stick down in second would be screaming pretty much.

I say run it in 4th if it makes you smile, overdrive gears are for nothing more than fuel economy. Most of the time myself I also just purposely forget about 5th and 6th.

Oh edit: and when 3.90's or 4.11 gears become available I might see 5th and 6th a little more regularly.
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no need for it...you should know the transmission like the back of your hand and instantly be able to tell what gear your in...i do with all of mine. but like you said though its probably just because you drive it alot. perhaps an option which provides an indicator, but allows it to be turned on and off by the driver?
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Yep, kind of what I expected from some of you....

Hey SPANKT U...for your information there are many cars w/ manual transmissions that have a gear indicator. I'm sure you are such an expert driver you would never need such nonsense. Like a gear indicator in an automatic is necessary? Who the hell ever looks to see if you are in drive, reverse, or park with an automatic? Like you don't know?? Yet there is one in every car with an automatic transmission.

I gear indicator would be more useful to me than some of the stuff on the DIC. Like I give a damn about my instant fuel mileage, or what my coolant temp is. Yeah you need to know that all the time.

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Yep, kind of what I expected from some of you....

Hey SPANKT U...for your information there are many cars w/ manual transmissions that have a gear indicator. I'm sure you are such an expert driver you would never need such nonsense. Like a gear indicator in an automatic is necessary? Who the hell ever looks to see if you are in drive, reverse, or park with an automatic? Like you don't know?? Yet there is one in every car with an automatic transmission.

I gear indicator would be more useful to me than some of the stuff on the DIC. Like I give a damn about my instant fuel mileage, or what my coolant temp is. Yeah you need to know that all the time.

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Old 10-10-2009, 08:18 PM   #15
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Yep, kind of what I expected from some of you....

Hey SPANKT U...for your information there are many cars w/ manual transmissions that have a gear indicator. I'm sure you are such an expert driver you would never need such nonsense. Like a gear indicator in an automatic is necessary? Who the hell ever looks to see if you are in drive, reverse, or park with an automatic? Like you don't know?? Yet there is one in every car with an automatic transmission.

I gear indicator would be more useful to me than some of the stuff on the DIC. Like I give a damn about my instant fuel mileage, or what my coolant temp is. Yeah you need to know that all the time.

Opinions are like a-holes, everyone has one.
LOL...when you put it in gear....it tends to stay in that gear. Unless you have a goldfish memory its really not a problem.
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Alright Guys ~ easy now. It was an honest question. The thought has crossed my mind.

The indicator would be nice for those ppl who don't drive them everyday.


For those who do...

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We'll take the gear!...



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Yep, kind of what I expected from some of you....

Hey SPANKT U...for your information there are many cars w/ manual transmissions that have a gear indicator. I'm sure you are such an expert driver you would never need such nonsense. Like a gear indicator in an automatic is necessary? Who the hell ever looks to see if you are in drive, reverse, or park with an automatic? Like you don't know?? Yet there is one in every car with an automatic transmission.

I gear indicator would be more useful to me than some of the stuff on the DIC. Like I give a damn about my instant fuel mileage, or what my coolant temp is. Yeah you need to know that all the time.

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Your car has a gear change indicator.
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Duder...thanks, duh. That was really helpful.

A simple NO would have been sufficient. I have NEVER responded to a thread with anything insulting no matter how dumb I thought the question was. But I guess that's just me.

OK geniuses, if I am such an idiot why do you need a gear indicator in an automatic?
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:59 PM   #21
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The hand and the tachometer are very good gear indicators. Even the feel of the available torque is a pretty good indicator.
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Russ, sorry to see that you got jumped on a bit here. I agree that a simple 'no' would have been sufficient. I am not sure about an indicator for every gear. I think you get more used to the car and the sound the more you drive it. Give it some time. I do think that a Reverse indicator would be nice given it is in a different location than most 5 speeds and even a few 6 speeds.
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I will side with the OP here in this case. Not b/c I need one to know what gear I am in. Hand, tach, torque, sound... all great indicators of what gear I am in. I just think it would be cool. My buddy's 370Z has it, not that I needed it but I thought it was cool. I too have found myself wondering hmmmm am I in 4th or 6th. It is tough to tell sometimes but a quick tap of the vertical pedal or a flip of the stick and try to switch to 6th... oh I was in 6th, or vice versa. Not a totally dumb question...

I did LOL at some of the responses though and how personal the OP took it...
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If the shifter is in the back position and the tach is over 2000 rpms and you are going 70+. This is 4th. If its under 2000. You got 6th. I can set my cruise at 70 and my rpms are around 1600. @ 80 the rpms are just under 2000. The earlier posts were correct. "Hand and Tach" - However, I thought some technical information rather than some smartass reply would be more helpful.
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I didn't intend for my last post to be offensive. It's just surprising for someone that has driven several manual transmissions to have this problem at all.

I work in a lot of dangerous surroundings around a lot of dangerous heavy equipment. One of the most important things is to constantly be aware of your situation and your surroundings. Driving a car should be no different. Learn the equipment and pay attention and live to work another day.

No offense but, the first indicator lights in cars were afterall called "idiot" lights.
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