In Reply to: Downshift braking w/Steptronic--BAD for tranny? posted by Jason M. on May 03, 2000 at 23:05:53:
: Hi guys,
: I've been driving my '99 540iA/Sport for about 1.5 years now, and lately when I shift manually, I've been braking by downshifting as I approach a stop. For instance, coming up to the stop in 3rd, I'll shift into 2nd, which brakes the car significantly, saving the brakes.
: So what I'm worried about:
: Am I braking the car, or am I BREAKING the car? :)
: That is, I'm worried that it may cause excess wear on the auto tranny's clutch. I'd rather wear the brakes than the tranny, in that case.
: Does anyone have any knowledge on this?
: Thanks in advance,
: Jason (Palo Alto, CA)