Tried looking to see if this question was every asked before but
couldn't find an answer, so I'll ask it now.
A friend of mine (and self-proclaimed manual-speed know it all)
constantly criticizes my shifting habits telling me I'm killing my
transmission...which I find dubious since my old car (94 Probe GT) is
still on original clutch with over 160K and never had a speck of
transmission problems throughout its still-continuing life.
Have an '06 Type S with approx. 25K on it. Love it...and so much so, I
try not to "beat on" the engine (wish I had another Type S so I could
really put it through its paces). To do this I don't push the engine
all that much when I shift, and therefore often skip gears proceeding
through to 6th. Sometimes I'll shift 1 to 3 to 5 to 6. Other times
from a stop sign (if slightly rolling through it...shhh, don't tell
any one) I'll go 2 to 4 to 6 sometimes. I'll occasionally downshift to
slow car down (mixed with braking), and usually coast into turns
adjusting shift afterwards for putting less torque-stress on the
engine as well.
In general I'll also try and always cruise in 6th even at 30 to 35
mph...as long there's nowhere near the too -low-rpm -sputtering that
would make the engine die. Rarely do my RPM ever exceed 5000!
Occasionaly but not all that much.
According to my friend, I'm ruining the transmission by not following
the when-to-shift speeds according to the manual. I'm having a hard
time agreeing with him.
Is he correct? Or are my conservative shifting habits guaranteeing my
beloved Type-S's transmission a slow death?
Appreciate your thoughts on the matter.