Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Montreal, Quebec
I still maintain that when done right, rev matching a downshift is no more harmful to your car than a regular upshift. If you're really concerned about wear, pop it into neutral and coast, but in doing so you'll lose valuable engine braking, decrease fuel economy due to negating DFCO and you'll have no power in the event of an emergency. Also, it's a great way to increase the wear on your brakes. Plus, downshifting makes you look badass. When approaching a stop, I'll go from 5th, to 4th, then to 3rd, and clutch in at 1500 rpm. When I want power, I'll jump from 5th to 3rd (or 2nd if possible) and give her the beans. Car instantly wakes up and pulls hard.
Downshifting is an invaluable skill for any and all manual drivers to learn and master.