Automatic transmission

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  1. snailtrailer

    snailtrailer Funster

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    An article in the November 2012 edition of Which Motorhome - page 109 refers to a "robotised" manual called Comfort-Matic. Is the same as the Comfortmatic Auto gearbox in the Autotrail? I drive a VW golf with automatic transmission so what is different? Are there any advantages to choosing manual - apart from the fact that they are more readily available?
     
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    I believe its nothing more than an electrically operated clutch on a manual gearbox.

    a sensor on the gearlever operates an electric servo on the clutch...you still have to change gear manually


    well i was close :Doh:


    http://www.fiatcamper.com/product/comfort_matic
     
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    Techno Funster Life Member

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    I've got one in my rapido and its beautifull to drive and if you kick down it pulls the 4250kg faster than my car will pull itself
    So far 27.6mpg and I've totally got used to left hand drive in no time.
    You can put it into manual mode but that just let's YOU decide when to change gear which is pretty pointless as the computer gets it right
     
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    Is your golf a dsg gearbox
    If so it has two clutches 1 for odd gears 1 for Even gears

    Drives differently from an electronic shift
    In that its seamless

    I drove a 2001 vauxhall corsa with a view to purchase
    At that time you could feel hesitation between gear change

    Eventually bought a conventional auto Peugeot

    Drove a ford transit electronic shift two buttons on the dash

    Works van on trial four miles later returned it as dangerous

    My Skoda 2011 has a dsg gearbox the 7 shifts don't notice
    I have to check which gear it's in

    I haven't used the fiat box but assume it to be a single clutch.manual box
    Shifted electronically and you would experience lag between shifts

    But as I say haven't driven one

    Easiest way is to find one and try it easier to say than do I would think
    As they seem to be rare
    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  5. JOHNSTEY

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    We have got this on our van and it is really very good.Makes it a doddle to drive and also improves mpg.Highly recommended,:thumb:
     
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    I have this on my Rapido.

    Fantastic!

    Mel
     
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    AutoTrail.MotorMoan Read Only Funster

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    Hi JOHNSTEY
    WHATS YOUR MPG LIKE
     
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    I have DSG auto on my VW touran............the smoothest auto gear change I have ever experienced and I have had many auto cars over the years.

    I have the "auto" gearbox on my 3 litre Autotrail. Its a joy to drive.Different technology.....but still a smooth easy change no lag...I thought it was a traditional auto box before I found out it was a computer controlled change.
    Fantastic power...................so easy...and over 25 mpg.

    I wouldnt have anything else. If you like autos its a great choice.
    ( reverses very well too :)

    barry:Smile:
     
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    The DSG system on the Golf is so efficient it returns more MPG than the manual gearbox:thumb:
     
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    Just seen this! Long trips low 30's av around 28mpg I would estimate.:Smile:
     
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    sorry I believe your talking about 'autoclutch':Smile:
     

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