Should I follow my car's gear shift indicator advice?

I have a Skoda Rapid three cylinder 999cc TSI 110 with six gears. The gear advisor is quick to recommend changing up but rarely a change down. At slower speeds the engine seems to struggle to the point I can almost feel each piston fire. Is this bad for the engine or transmission or can I ignore this effect?

Asked on 2 August 2022 by Steve Gilbert

Answered by Lawrence Allan
These gear advisor lights are often engineered for maximum fuel efficiency, simply trying to get you into as high a gear as possible. Personally I often ignore them, and on three cylinder engines such as yours being in such a high gear causes a lot of vibration. We wouldn't expect Skoda to engineer it so it damages the car, it's more a refinement issue.
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