Manual transmission - appropriate gear selection

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I'm wondering if, for manuals, there can be gleaned info about whether one is accelerating too long in low gear, or remaining in high gear too long when decelerating? These are both things that can greatly affect economy.

Additionally, there are vehicles that will not draw fuel if not needed - if vehicle motion is keeping the engine turning while in gear, more economic than coasting in neutral in many cases. I'm not sure if this can be taken into account, but I'm aware of this feature on newer vehicles including my own.
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Posted 5 years ago

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Thanks, Coach300. I'll share this with the engineering team.
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Driver training in stick shift cars is a pretty cool idea. It's not something we're looking into right now to be honest, but we've discussed it. Might be something for the future. 
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I am learning stick right now, and that would be a nice feature!
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Hi Eric. Just curious - are you a new driver or just new to stick shift?
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Hey Amy, just new to stick! I've been a driver for 8 years.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Choosing which gear to use going up steep grades.

I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport (4.0 liter) with a 5 speed manual transmission. Can Automatic help with gas mileage on my trips to Lake Tahoe on Interstate 80 from the Bay Area? Specifically, I do not know if it is better when going up steep grades to stay in fifth gear and keep the engine at about 2500 RPM (which is where maximum torque is first reached for this 4.0 L engine but which requires depressing the accelerator nearly to the floor for much of the steep grade), or downshifting to a lower gear and keeping the engine at a higher RPM (which does not require depressing the accelerator as far)?
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Hi Benjamin - 

Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, Automatic can't give you information that detailed yet, but it's a great idea, and I'll communicate it to our team!

For now, I've merged your question with a similar topic. Thanks again, and have a happy holidays!
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Thanks, Jonathan. That is very dedicated of you to respond on Thanksgiving. I live in the Bay Area and if you would like someone to beta test features, such as new stick shift related features, I would be interested. Happy Holidays. Ben 
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Ditto, love beta testing.
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Thanks, Benjamin! I have a very hard time pulling myself from our awesome community, even if it's a holiday :-)

I'll make sure to communicate your beta testing interest to our team (you too, Eric.) I hope you two had a wonderful holiday!

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