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Offline vw Parker

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73 Beetle Auto Stick
« on: 08 February 2017, 01:44 »
Purchased auto stick 73 Beetle auto stick haven't driven one before any recommendation best way to start and drive


Offline volkenstein

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Re: 73 Beetle Auto Stick
« Reply #1 on: 23 February 2017, 06:08 »
vw Parker,
              Start in neutral ;D..on a serious note...use L, D1 & D2. DO NOT stick it in D2 and motor around. D1 & 2 will see you right for most traffic.

Oh,,btw...Hand OFF the gearstick whilst driving.

Now....You may or may not have the "Park" you know? It came out in mid '73 ish.

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Offline CarlIseminger

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Re: 73 Beetle Auto Stick
« Reply #2 on: 24 February 2017, 19:33 »
While it isn't the best solution, dealerships in the US sometimes told new buyers of the autostick, if shifting was a "problem", to just leave it in R2 and putt putt away.

If it is terribly slippery out (I drive it year round up here in the Great White North), I leave it in R2 as it makes for easier starts on the slippery stuff.

I use L for faster acceleration when pulling out into heavy traffic.

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« Reply #3 on: 06 July 2017, 15:05 »

I always use the three forward gears... I start off in Low, then change to D1 and the D2  . I only live in a small town, but I can beat most cars off the traffic lights in LOW gear...  VW says to use LOW gear when driving up a step driveway or when parking... I feel using D1 for parking is stupid as it is very powerful and You could drive over a car etc... D1 is better for parking...
VW has listed the top speeds for each gear , I will find them and list them here......  There are many people now using the 3 gears without any problems...

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