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Proper shifting of manual trannie

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What is the optimal/recommended RPMs for each gear? At what RPM reading should one downshift to prevent lugging? Are there specificiations for this? Is sixth gear strictly an Overdrive? Will driving at low RPMs damage the engine?

I realize these overlap, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
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The owner's manual may have recommended shift points, but I've always found it's best to drive by feel, listening to what the car's telling you. Smoothness is key as BLK EOS has already mentioned.

The 2.0 TSI motor, which I assume you have in your Eos, has a lot of torque, and it comes on early - typical for a turbo motor. This graph on APR's website is helpful, stock torque is the white dashed line (scroll down):

With all that torque on tap you'd have to be in an extreme low speed/high gear situation to lug the engine. If you feel the car lugging, just shift to a lower gear. You won't harm the engine during a brief period like that, and next time you'll instinctively know to shift to a lower gear before it happens.

Conversely, it's not advisable to rev the crap out of the motor, nor is there any need from a performance standpoint. Same graph above, you can see the stock HP (red dashed line) peaks just past 5K RPM. Past that point power declines, so you may as well shift to a higher gear. Unless you're bound and determined to beat the good ol' boy in the '83 Camaro to the next stoplight (j/k, I would never condone street racing).

Enjoy the 6-speed - my wife and I certainly love ours. Although it's a cable-operated shifter, I've been impressed with its precision since we bought the car.
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Thanks for the good answers. I would still like to see tha actual numbers (RPM), high and low for each gear. Thanks in advance. Jerry
Unfortunately I can't help you out with that. I did check our owner's manual, and I didn't see any speed/rpm listings for the various gears. I had hope because I've seen that in older cars' owner manuals, or at least the max recommended speed for each gear.

Unless you need this data for another purpose, for driving it will be perfectly adequate to downshift if the car lugs and upshift when reaching 5K rpm or thereabouts when aggressively accelerating. Part of the fun of driving a manual transmission is that there's an art to it, but it truly isn't hard to get the hang of the basics.

Good luck -
Dr JL hasn't said which motor he has.

If he can advise this, then someone with a DSG attached to the same motor could advise the shift points in normal and sport mode, perhaps under hard and sedate acceleration.

I think this would give a guide as to what VW believes the shift points should be.
I'm thinking he has the 2.0 TSI, since the Dr didn't say "OBTW I've got a TDI/VR6" in his subsequent post. A different motor would make a big difference, of course!

Good idea about looking at the DSG shift points - they're in the ballpark for at least the first two gears, but unfortunately the ratios diverge for the higher gears.
Interesting side note: I always thought of the USA as the automatic transmission centre of the world, yet here you guys are discussing manual trannies. EOS drivers must be a very different demographic ;)
Automatic transmissions definitely are the norm here in the States, but there a few of us left that prefer a "standard" transmission and enjoy using a clutch. In nearly three decades of buying cars & trucks, I've never bought an automatic. I think VW sells more manuals percentage-wise than most other makes, and it's a credit to them that they even bother to offer the 6-speed Eos in the U.S. Just try to find a four-adult-passenger convertible here with a manual; the few 2009 models we were able to consider were the Eos, C70, 3-Series and S4.

It was amusing shopping for the Eos. The salesmen were flummoxed when we told them 1) It will be my wife's daily driver, and 2) She wanted the 6-speed.
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