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The auto transmition does downshift when in auto (archive)

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Posted by so should be fine on May 05, 2000 at 13:40:57:

In Reply to: Re: Downshift braking w/Steptronic--BAD for tranny posted by Jason M. on May 03, 2000 at 23:07:45:

: Oops, I posted this to the M5 board by mistake, sorry! If anyone does have info though, I'd love to hear it... Thanks!

: : 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)

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