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Display for Gear (Manual) You Are In

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It would be nice for the MFI display to have a feature that instantly told you what gear you were in. I have a 2010 TDI Golf with a six speed manual transmission. I didn't see such a feature. I'm not missing it am I?
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While the gear indicator can be useful, it won't necessarily cure instances like the one you described about pulling away in a wrong gear. The indicator goes blank and stays blank if there's any travel in the 3rd pedal for over a couple seconds. So if you are stopped at a light, the indicator will be blank unless the light changes just as soon as you get there in gear.

The indicator displays the gear you are/were in for a little over a second after disengaging the clutch.

Only when your foot is completely off the clutch pedal, will the indicator display your current gear (or shift suggestion). So in the instance you described of pulling away from a stop, the indicator wouldn't help since your foot would be on the clutch for duration greater than a few seconds.

Personally, I rely more on muscle memory and the feel of the relative shifter position in my hand.
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I should also note, that the reason for the gear indicator behavior is because how the computer determines the current gear selection. It is not done through any additional sensors, but rather through comparing the engine rpm vs vehicle speed. So when the clutch pedal is depressed and there is clutch slip/disengagement, there is no longer a correlation between the engine rpm and the wheel speed. Therefore, the display goes blank when you touch the clutch pedal.
Yes, I have it on my 2011.

I also corrected my post above. The indicator does hold the display of the gear you were in for about a second or so when you depress the clutch pedal. I never noticed it before until yesterday...
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