"Sounds like a good buy to me. Most people don't know how to drive a
diesel. If you need to accelerate hard, put it in low and keep your
foot down, shifting up immediately when you feel the turbo cut
in--ignore second, and go right to drive. The car won't respond
immediately, but it will shift when it wants,"
How's this any different than simply putting it in drive to begin with
and keeping the accelerator floored? In either case, is seems the car
is going to shift when it wants to. All your doing is shifting from
low to drive when your reach about 2500 RPMs and I would think the car
is going to go through second on its way to drive regardless of whether
you do this or let it do it's normal thing. Plus, I would think the
car would accelerate faster going through 2nd, rather than skipping it,
even if you could.
"and it should be much smoother than if you make the shifts by backing
off the accelerator and
shifting one gear at a time. There are a few things you can do under
the hood to make shifting smoother if it's too hard, or tweak the turbo
cut-in point--check out the threads here on Groups. "
Shift by backing off the accelerator? Who here does that? And why
would you back off at all, depriving the engine of max fuel, when you
want hard acceleration? I just keep my foot on the accelerator and let
the tranny do the shifting. Ain't that what an auto tranny is all