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Old 11-03-2012, 05:12 AM   #27
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Driving Style and GDi

Hello all -

I'm new to the forum and was wondering if there are any special driving techniques required with the GDi to achieve maximum mileage? I have the 5MT SE model. Should I actually follow that stupid little shift light when it tells me to downshift earlier than I'd prefer, or should I just follow my instincts and do what I'm used to? If I were to follow the shift light religiously I'd be in 5th at 30 mph and going nowhere fast.

I ask because I've grown up with conventionally fuel injected engines and GDi is new to me. I've read on and off about "keeping the engine loaded," and cruising at 2,500 rpm (the racket of which drives me nuts), cruising at the lowest possible rpm and anything in between. Color me confused.

I'll post an intro thread some day, when I'm awake.

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