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I must admit, that there is a bit of one-upmanship going on in the car world, Mercedes has a 7-speed auto, Lexus launches an 8-speed...
The main reason is so that the car can be in the most 'comfortable' gear whatever the driving scenario - this reduces emissions (useful for CO2/tax bandings), and helps to save fuel.
Also, a high top gear can reduce engine wear, so there are longer-term benefits.
Agreed, it can be confusing as the actual gear selection is more congested - the 'price of progress'!
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater