I've had my 147 Selespeed for about a month now. Having only ever driven manual cars before I'm interested in knowing any differing driving techniques you use when drigving your Selespeed. I've found myself getting into some habits that I am not sure are Best Practice!
- I always used to drive with one hand (right) on the wheel and one left) on the gearstick. When driving casually I do this in the Selespeed as well, but with an interesting difference, I change up using the paddle under my right hand but change down using the gearstick in my left. This technique has the unfortunate side effect of when going round a left-hand bend/corner if you try and steady yourself with the gearstick you drop it into neutral!
- I've not managed to figure out yet how to get the best upchanges when driving spiritedly. I've experimented with keeping the accelerator planted when flicking the paddle and also by lifting off just prior (as you would on a manual). What's the general consensus on this?
- There have been a few times when I've been changing down manually when slowing for a junction, say from 3rd to 2nd but I've hit the rev-point where the box changes for you at the same time so I've dropped two cogs (straight into 1st) rather than the one I'd intended. Is it best to let the box do the work for you in these circumstances?
- I find the full auto "City" mode rather/extremely* naff so I rarely/ever* use it.
* Delete as applicable!
- The throttle blip on downchange rocks!
- The self-learning feature, what does it actually learn and how does it affect the unit? If you've just bought a 2nd hand Selespeed, is it best to get it reset so it forgets all of the previous owners' quirks and learns yours instead?
- I've found it pretty useable, and am presently surprised after hearing all the scare stories on Top Gear etc. about these "funny paddley things".
- Mine auto-upchanges at about 6800rpm. My old 145QV revved to just over 7000. Is there any way to change the auto-upchange rev point?