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      03-27-2013, 07:27 AM   #1
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Was paddle shift standard on Sport ??

All of the sport package models I've found online have the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Except One. Found one that has captured my interest, Sport Pack, Nav, Premium, Etc, but in th epics there are no paddles on the wheel.

Was this an option or standard with the sport pack? Thanks much guys...definitely learning a great amount from you all.
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      03-27-2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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I think it was an option cost $500 at the time.

If the car has everything you want go for it you can add the paddle shifters after.
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I think it was an option cost $500 at the time.

If the car has everything you want go for it you can add the paddle shifters after.
I'm not sure if there were any year-by-year changes, but I believe that al, sport package cars should have the sport steering wheel. Thereafter, paddle shift was a $100 add in 2009 per edmunds...not sure about the other years. My car was purchased 1-y-o.
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If I can remember when I ordered my car in 2011 there was a chrage for it but if not mistaken it was for M models only
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      03-27-2013, 10:13 AM   #5
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$100 upcharge for it
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I think it was an option cost $500 at the time.

If the car has everything you want go for it you can add the paddle shifters after.
I have a 2010 with sport package but no paddles. You're saying it's possible to retrofit paddles?
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I have a 2010 with sport package but no paddles. You're saying it's possible to retrofit paddles?
Yes, I was looking into it because some of the cars I was looking at did not have them as an option.

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      03-27-2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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$100 upcharge for it
Exactly. And you did't get the "sport" wheel (the fat one) if you got the heated wheel (at least in 2009/10).
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Exactly. And you did't get the "sport" wheel (the fat one) if you got the heated wheel (at least in 2009/10).
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I did EU delivery on my car, and I ordered Sport Wheel (w/paddles) for $100 and the package option code was 2XA.
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While looking last year, paddle shifters were definitely on my list. My research revealed that there was a difference in the paddle shifters between the sport pkg and m sport pkg.

The regular sport paddles are pull for up shift and push for down shift. M sport is pull only with down shift on the left and up shift on the right. During a test drive of a sport pkg model, I was always up shifting. Probably too many video games. So, that made m sport pkg a 'must have' for me.

The sport paddles can be rewired to be left-down, right-up. I just searched a while longer until I found an m sport. After all of that, I still drive as 'manual' as possible but use the console shifter at least half the time.

The lack of a manual really makes this the 'ultimate compromise machine.'
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      03-27-2013, 08:22 PM   #11
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Don't mean to go too off topic here...but I would like to better understand the benefit of paddles on a d....with all the torque being made down so low and the auto being such a good match for the engine....I'm at a loss....understand I have owned audis and BMW with smg etc paddles etc....so I get it but on the d I would like to better understand....I'm currently in a msport without them thnx
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      03-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #12
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Paddles were a big issue for me as we'll, when I was hunting for the perfect D.
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Don't mean to go too off topic here...but I would like to better understand the benefit of paddles on a d....with all the torque being made down so low and the auto being such a good match for the engine....I'm at a loss....understand I have owned audis and BMW with smg etc paddles etc....so I get it but on the d I would like to better understand....I'm currently in a msport without them thnx
My question is similar. Can't see the need really. What I would like to do is downshift at the track, but I can't trust the computer not to try to outsmart me at the wrong time.
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      03-27-2013, 09:36 PM   #14
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My question is similar. Can't see the need really. What I would like to do is downshift at the track, but I can't trust the computer not to try to outsmart me at the wrong time.
I have the paddle on my sport d and i really like it when i am on a spirited mood.
They work really well for downshif (fast) and help for braking with good control of the compression. Also they are very good for drift. The upshift is to slow but help to shift at the propper rpm for perfect acceleration. I use the paddle about 80% of the time and i cant think of my D whitout them...
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I don't have paddles on my car. Coming from a string of manual transmissions, I find shifting with the shifter perfectly satisfying, but admittedly, DS mode does it better than I can. The ZF in this car is hands down the best auto I've ever had or encountered.
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Maybe it's just me but I feel the car shifts much more smoothly with the shifter than the paddles. I use both 50/50 since the paddles are really convenient and both hands can always be on the steering wheel for maximum control.

I rely on DS mode only when I'm on the freeway without traffic. Other than that, I'm always on manual mode. Can't stand D mode with its painful throttle lag.
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Don't mean to go too off topic here...but I would like to better understand the benefit of paddles on a d....with all the torque being made down so low and the auto being such a good match for the engine....I'm at a loss....understand I have owned audis and BMW with smg etc paddles etc....so I get it but on the d I would like to better understand....I'm currently in a msport without them thnx
IMHO, they're not really needed (you can do the same with the shifter after all), but it's very convenient to be able to downshift with them (mostly for going downhill), and occasionally to up-shift if you've been hammering it and the tranny has decided to use it's sport-mode programming.

Going home there's an uphill corner that sometimes needs to be taken at 55-60 that just cries out to be entered in 2nd or 3rd, but the flat valley before that means you are in 4th or 5th...
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2009 with the sport package - mine has the paddles!


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I have sport pkg with the ludicrous paddles that do same thing for right and left paddle...has anyone here upgraded for the real paddle shifters (i.e.-right is up and left paddle is downshift)????
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I have sport pkg with the ludicrous paddles that do same thing for right and left paddle...has anyone here upgraded for the real paddle shifters (i.e.-right is up and left paddle is downshift)????
Search the DIY section for steps to rewire the paddles for distinct left-right functionality.
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