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View Poll Results: What do you prefer to refer while gear shifting?
Tachometer 41 22.16%
Engine Sound / Exhaust note 90 48.65%
I can't drive without both of them 32 17.30%
Other (e.g. speedometer) Please mention 5 2.70%
My car doesn't have a tachometer 17 9.19%
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Old 20th January 2007, 12:50   #31
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I love the upward swing of the tacho when i pedal to the metal followed by the engine purring or is it shrieking...pure bliss
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Old 20th January 2007, 13:03   #32
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my current ride doesnt have a tacho so i have too rely on the engine noise and also the speed.if i had a tacho like i do on my bike i would use it along with the sound of the engine.
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Old 20th January 2007, 15:15   #33
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Well in my Maruti it was only engine since no tacho but on my new Fiesta it is engine first and then a look at the tacho just to figure out the match between the tacho and engine noise so I dont need to rely on the tacho,
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Old 20th January 2007, 17:33   #34
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well usually the sound of the engine once in a while tacho
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Old 20th January 2007, 21:16   #35
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When on level ground and driving sensibly in the city I use the speedo.

When on a highway I use engine sound.

When I've gone mad I use the tacho so I can upshift just before the redline.
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Old 20th January 2007, 22:05   #36
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My car doesn't have tacho. Generally rely on sound. Shifting pattern depends on whether I am shifting for pickup (usually on highways) or for normal driving (city). In city my instincts pretty much match the recommended shift speeds (4th at 40 kmph, 5th at 50). While accelerating on highways, I go to 4th at 50-70 kmph and 5th at 60-90, the precise speed depending on whether I am climbing or on level ground and whether accelerating hard or just sedately. Sometimes look down on speedo while shifting from 5th to 4th, as I would not like to go below 45 kmph in 5th.
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Old 20th January 2007, 22:38   #37
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Firstly- There aint any tacho in my car.
So...
1) A normal unhurried drive- Either of speedometer reading or (cant really express it in words) speed/acceleration sense.
2) A maniac's run- SOUND!! Engine sound...
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Old 21st January 2007, 15:10   #38
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For me its the engine sound!
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Old 22nd January 2007, 11:41   #39
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I agree with rks. I too rely on the engine sound and on the type of driving situation, i.e. city driving, highway driving, overtaking or just plain adrenaline rush! For each situation, I shift at different RPM's but never redline (punish) the engine for more than 10 seconds in lower gears.
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Old 22nd January 2007, 12:38   #40
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It's engine sound and feel of the car..
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Old 22nd January 2007, 12:58   #41
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I pay a little more attention to the tachometer than to the engine sound, though during smooth driving in light traffic, I listen to the engine more. Anyway, in bumper to bumper traffic you hardly shift gears. I usually drive with a light foot and shift frequently. So, basically I find out the lowest rpm's to comfortably upshift and try and maintain that.
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Old 22nd January 2007, 12:59   #42
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Tacho for sane driving, engine sound for insane driving.
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Old 22nd January 2007, 13:01   #43
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Well not all gears give you the same performance to the redline, the engine sound is the best bet when one has to gauge when to shift.

PS: I do have an add on tacho

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Old 22nd January 2007, 13:04   #44
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no tacho on my ride either.. so its got to be the speedo. i religiously follow the speedo and the engine sound..
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Old 22nd January 2007, 13:10   #45
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Hmm... This poll is getting interesting. First I thought that tacho will be ahead hands down in the polls since many TBhpians have cars (especially souped up cars) with big tachos. Not to mention the revving tachos in the avatars of many Bhpians. Anyway, let the polls continue.....
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