On inclines, the gearbox has a tendency to downshift and hold on to the lower gear. This becomes all the more obvious due to the whine of the engine.
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Another day, another update. The car has completed 1725 km as of today. Touch wood, nothing to report except for the one occurrence mentioned by bva91 below. The gearbox is smooth shifting and has no cause for complaints at all. In fact, it shifts so smoothly, that you realize it only after the engine noise increases or decreases. Here is an observation, that we have noticed after using the car in the ghats or on inclines.
We drove the car in the ghats and as someone has mentioned on the forum somewhere, using the manual mode makes it a lot easier than using the auto gears. Now, this statement was actually made by someone for AMT gearboxes, but since the Altroz is underpowered, it holds good in this car’s case as well. On inclines, the gearbox has a tendency to downshift and hold on to the lower gear. This becomes all the more obvious due to the whine of the engine (it’s underpowered for a heavy car, to say the least).
What this means is that, if the car is on an incline, it downshifts to 2nd or 1st gear at the earliest opportunity; and tends to keep holding it in the powerband. That may not be a bad thing as such, but being human we can see the road ahead and know that shifting to 3rd or 4th would help a bit. So unless you mash the accelerator on the incline, it will chug along in the lower gear for as long as possible.
On that background, what we sorely miss now are the paddle shifters (remember, I had told my wife – you can’t have your cake and eat it too! ) Especially when you put it into manual mode and realize that you need to keep shifting using your left hand. That’s incorrigible. Maybe version 2 of the Altroz automatic will have the paddle shifters along with the iTurbo engine. Tata – are you reading and listening to the feedback?
One thing we noticed (and it has been outlined by bva91 as well) – When the car has been driven for 40-50kms or so; and you stop and put it into reverse, there is a slight jerk as if a newbie driver has released the clutch quickly. It has happened only 2-3 times so far and we couldn’t replicate the issue consistently. Hence, keeping our fingers crossed, it shouldn’t turn out to be something related to the DCA gearbox.
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