Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Eastern ON Canada
Car: 07 OBW 2.5i D-4AT
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
I notice that the transmission will apparently go into manual 1 (as indicated on the instrument panel), but stay there only for 5 - 10 seconds (while, I presume, the car is accelerating from the stop) and then revert back to the normal Drive type of operation (continuously variable in the CVT).
I understand that when gear lever is in D, if a paddle shifter is used, the transmission goes into the "manual mode" with the gear as indicated. But is it normal for the transmission to revert back to D after some time? I would have thought that once the paddle shifter is used, the transmission remains in manual mode, although it will override the paddle selection (gear) if the car's speed requires it. (It's that way with my 4EAT with manual "SportShift".) Could the fact that it reverts back to D be a clue? Is there perhaps a reason the transmission would go into manual 1 for a short while?
[EDIT: Found this in the FSM, which answers one of my questions: "When the paddle switch integrated in the steering wheel is operated during a travel at D range, the system enters the manual mode temporarily. This mode is cancelled automatically and the normal D range control is restored if no further paddle switch operation takes place and the accelerator pedal is depressed."]
(Again, I stop myself here because even if there could be something triggering a "paddle activation", why would it be on two separate cars, with the same driver, and to some extent at the same place? But it's brainstorming time . . .)
Last edited by plain OM; 03-25-2013 at 02:02 PM.