Also, yea I have an automagic and I love it alot, I do sometimes miss the manual transmission but you know I get over it quickly because when I am on the phone, eating, yelling out the window, turning w/ blinker it does get hard to drive with a manual.
When I had a slushbox I used the shifter for the following things:
- put it in 3rd when I was ready to pass somebody
- put it in 2nd (or even L) on mountain roads going downhill.
- put it in R to go backwards
Just put it in D for 'dattaway' !! --------------->
Seriously though, the transmmission should be able to handle any forward movement in just Drive. I've found the throttle response to be a bit faster in the lower gears since it doesn't have to downshift for quicker acceleration.
In slower traffic, I will put it in 2 otherwise the car wants to just keep moving forward at whatever speed rather than slowing down when I pull my foot off the gas.
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