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Old 01-16-2014, 09:22 PM
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Re: Engine braking

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I am picking one up in less than 24 hours so I will find out how well or poorly it works. I have a Jetta Diesel and it really does a good amount of breaking. I rarely have to hit the brake when I know that I am coming to a stop because the car just will slow down on its own. On long down hills just let it go and it will usually hold it back good enough unless it is long and steep. But because it works so well I am at 85K and still on the original pads.

I hope this works good enough because I drive a lot of hilly highways where I hate where your vehicle speeds up on every down hill. That is why the cops sit at the bottom. With my car I just let up, my gas usage goes to zero and I usually maintain the same speed.
Yeah, but your gas usage is zero anyhow! Jetta diesel.
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Re: Engine braking

Well a week of commuting under my belt and the amount of engine braking is good enough for me. My envoy almost feels like you are on a roller coaster on the down hills where you get no sense of resistance so you steadily gain speed. I do not get that with the JGC. There is one hill where the hill is steep enough and you are going slow enough where you steadily gain speed but on the highway where the grades are not as severe the vehicle just holds its speed and in some cases slows down. Not sure why the Jetta slowed down as much as it did but this feels about right to me.

Not sure if it stops pumping gas when your foot is off the pedal. Looked through the manual a little bit and did not see it mentioned. In the TDI it specifically said that to save fuel take your food off the pedal and no fuel would be consumed which would not be the case if you put it in neutral. On the TDI site there are lots of people who do what ever they could to get the maximum MPG out of their cars and the older ones putting it in neutral was one of the things they did so I am sure that VW had to say something.
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