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Hi everyone and thanks for creating this forum! I just bought my first VW a few days ago - the 2011 Golf TDI (Canadian model). It's gray with 6 spd standard transmission and multimedia upgrade. So far I'm just loving it. The handling is great and there are some neat improvements over the manual transmissions that I've driven before - like the anti-roll function when you're on an incline. I've also discovered that it won't stall in 1st or 2nd gear if I have my foot off of all of the pedals. In fact, I was in 2nd gear in a parking garage yesterday and the car was climbing the ramps all by itself (my feet were not on the pedals). Is this normal for this car? Other cars with manual transmission would just stall in this circumstance.

I also have a question about the Ipod multimedia cable. I noticed that my songs sounded quite "muddy" and were actually distorted with noise when connected to the ipod cable. The songs are not distorted when played on my ipod under other circumstances (e.g., headphones, docking station). I tried a friend's ipod on my cable and it was distorted too in the same way. When I copied my same songs to an SD card and played them through the car's system there was no distortion. There is no distortion when using radio, sirius, or CD either, so I'm pretty sure it's not the speakers or sound system in general. I also tried to unplug and re-seat the cable connector at both ends. Anyone have any ideas? I am planning to call the dealership tomorrow.

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Wilma
 

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The no-stall is a byproduct of drive by wire. The engine won't let it stall if conditions are right and when you're slowing down. However, you can still stall the engine when moving from a stop.

My mk3 TDI could move from a stop just by lifting off the clutch pedal, the newer ones won't or won't like it. I think it's because of the dual mass flywheel.

Do you have the OEM MDI interface? Is it in the glovebox or under the armrest? It should sound perfectly clear. If not, dealer warranty issue.
 

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Thanks for the reply, Chitty. Yes, I have definitely found ways to stall the car lol...but I'm getting the hang of it quickly. It's actually the first car with manual transmission that I've owned so I've only driven standard occasionally before now. I also find it unusual that I can't start moving from a dead stop in 2nd gear like with other cars. Anyone have any recommendations for RPM level ideal for shifting 1st to 2nd? I have been shifting earlier rather than later for this gear change, since I find 2nd gear has lots of torque even at lower RPMs.

The MDI interface cable is the one that came with the car as new. It is located under the armrest. I will call the dealer about it but just wondered if it was a common or uncommon problem.
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Wilma :)
 

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Welcome to the forum Wilma. welcometomyturbodies

like the anti-roll function when you're on an incline. anks,
Wilma
I think its called hill hold we don't have it in the UK unless you order it plus I believe they do fit to manual gearbox as a 2011 option. I don't see the point in letting some mechanical/electronic device slipping the clutch so you can hold on a hill thats just bad driving practice thats what hand brakes are for.

Anyone have any recommendations for RPM level ideal for shifting 1st to 2nd? I have been shifting earlier rather than later for this gear change, since I find 2nd gear has lots of torque even at lower RPMs.
Well its difficult to give anyone driving tips over the web. I'm sure you will get used to what rpm to change gear in time.

Ok I see we have another female on here perhaps she would like to make a comment in here? ;)

http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f9/how-many-female-drivers-here-3371/
 
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