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Hi all, got a new White SE 4Motion recently and overall love it; but am probably getting the Carista...

For those of you who got it and changed to {direct, controlled by threshold} -- have a few questions:
  1. Does the change apply to all the drive modes (i.e., Eco, Drive, Sports, Snow, etc.)? If so, does each mode still drive / accelerate differently from one another?
  2. Have you ever reverted back to {gradual, controlled by time} for some reason? If so, does it feel just like before / factory-default?​
Thank you very much in advance!
 

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I made the change on mine many months ago, and you couldn't pay me to change it back. For me the difference between the two settings is night and day! Is it perfect now? NO, but I do feel it is much easier to drive more smoothly from a stop than before. It did take probably a week to retrain my brain/foot to the new setting because the way the car responds is different.
 

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Thanks guys! Yeah I had to adapt to it past month+ and tried different modes. Nothing really worked the way I like and surprisingly I have been sticking to "Eco" mainly (the other modes often seem to not want to shift up after gaining speed, funny enough).

Will give it a try!
 

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Following up on your conversation - my carista doesn't read throttle response. There isn't an option for throttle after the scan. Does any of you know what happened there?
 

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I actually ended up changing it back, I feel like it helps build boost better without using more throttle- which causes the TC to unlock on the 8 speed. On the DSG that isn't an issue but the engine has so much torque that unlocking the TC is counterintuitive. I also drive in sport mode 100% of the time which helps the TC lock up faster and stay locked more often. With direct it required more throttle application and that would result in unwanted TC unlock.
 

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I actually ended up changing it back, I feel like it helps build boost better without using more throttle- which causes the TC to unlock on the 8 speed. On the DSG that isn't an issue but the engine has so much torque that unlocking the TC is counterintuitive. I also drive in sport mode 100% of the time which helps the TC lock up faster and stay locked more often. With direct it required more throttle application and that would result in unwanted TC unlock.
I had almost the opposite experience with the DSG. With the factory setting there is an unwanted pause when you press the accelerator, and then suddenly the acceleration comes on far stronger than you intended. With the direct setting the delay disappears, and pedal travel is much more consistent. Perhaps the FWD engine/transmission combo is better tuned to the timed throttle setting.
 
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