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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 19th January 2007, 16:46   #1
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Talking Tachometer vs Engine sound. What do you prefer more while gear shifting?

Just a simple question:

What do you prefer more while gear shifting?
The RPM meter or the engine sound (exhaust note) or both or something more beyond this.......

Note: If your car is an automatic, vote in the "Other" option and mention it in your post.

Let the polls begin....

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Old 19th January 2007, 16:58   #2
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It's best to hear the engine "talking"... but with loud exhausts that make cars croon, why let it talk when it can sing...
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Old 19th January 2007, 17:01   #3
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I would like to use the RPM limiter. Yes, when it kicks in or just before it.
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Old 19th January 2007, 17:08   #4
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Tachometer is superior than engine sound as the later can often be subjective judgement.
In some good sound proof cars, engine sound hardly changes between 2000 & 3000 RPM.
Although one can always go after speedometer reading. Many cars still don't have tachos.
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Old 19th January 2007, 17:19   #5
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Depends:

1. If I am racing, then the tacho always. Reason is that the other cars exhaust noise can drown yours.

2. If I am just driving fast for pleasure, the engine sound.
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Old 19th January 2007, 17:19   #6
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I always rely on the tacho.

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Old 19th January 2007, 17:52   #7
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I try and sense the comfort level and shift,apart from when iam redlining the engine. I cannot put it down in exact words...Lets say its a mechanical reaction after a while.
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for me its engine sound.
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Since i havent raced...

Its generally the engine sound, or the feel of the vehicle...
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Old 19th January 2007, 18:33   #10
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Mostly the feel of pull and exhaust note. May be a glance at tacho later. Pull --> note ---> tacho in that order. tacho some times is optional.
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For me, its mainly the engine sound and till the engine is smooth on the road and don't give hard sound as if its crying its fine for me.
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for me its always the tacho.
never liked to hear the sound of a crying engine beggin for an upshift. unless a sweet aftermarket exhaust comes into the picture.
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Any day engine note, I like a car that sings....
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for me its the engine sound always!!
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Tacho + engine sound + speedo all three depending on the situation
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