I would like to know how corvette owners feel about the paddle shift transmission.esp if anyone has gone from six speed stick to the paddle shift
Guess I'm a hard core manual guy as I'd rather have the manual.
Wife likes it though and it is now her car.
I've got 15k+ on my 06 paddle shift car. My previous car was a 92 6-sp, my wife's previous car was an 03 6-sp, our 'family' car is a CTS-V 6-sp. Thought the paddle shift was a good idea but it turns out, for me, that the 'fun quotient' just isn't the same. I like stirring the gears when and how I want to.
The paddle shift has many advantages:
- it doesn't miss gears
- you will probably get better gas mileage.
- It works very good in snow and ice as you can paddle it to second or third for starting off.
- you don't need to mess with shifting for daily driving - talk on the phone, drink coffee, etc.
Some of the things I don't like:
- paddles are not much fun for daily driving - better for autocross or road courses
- can't skip any gears at all - you have to take them in sequence up and down
- On the 06 and 07, the delay between paddling and shifting is too long. For 08, this is supposed to be much quicker.
That's my report.
Just for the record, I have NEVER regretted getting th A6 rather than the manual. And, I was hard-core manuel until the day before I bought it!! In fact, I'm happier about my decision as time goes by. I've had it since last August. 8300+ miles.I appreciate the reponses , I am about to order an 08 vette. I have an 01 and am, trying to decide if I want paddle shift and/or magnetic riude control; opaddle shift and z51 or 6 speed manual and z51..I guess I will have to find an recent paddle shift to try...any other insights will be greatly appreciated
I appreciate the reponses , I am about to order an 08 vette. I have an 01 and am, trying to decide if I want paddle shift and/or magnetic riude control; opaddle shift and z51 or 6 speed manual and z51..I guess I will have to find an recent paddle shift to try...any other insights will be greatly appreciated
Don't necessarily gage your happiness of the paddle shift with an '07. The software for the A6 has been changed for the '08 and they have improved the speed of the shifts. If you like the current A6 you should really like the 2008 A6.
The 6L80 does learn a driver's habits. It's called "adaptable." It will learn how hard/when to shift depending on the driver input. It takes about 25 heat cycles to accomplish this. (That's start, warm up, shut down, fully cool off cycles.) This mostly works against the driver that wants to drive more aggressively but on a more periodic basis. However, there are ways to "reset" the computer to the most aggressive settings. Your smiling Chevrolet dealer can do this for free. Just tell them it shifts "sluggish." Get back to us when you get your car back. Expect a little more "snap" with the car...When an automatic transmission can learn to drive/shift the way I want to drive (including skipping gears) or let me force shifts and skip gears, that's another matter.