I have a 2000 OB sedan with an automatic, I'm wondering if I can start in first gear then shiftI up through the gears like a ratchet shifter basically.
cant do that on a 2000-2004 4EAT. what happens is you lock out the higher gears. (really easy to do with the gated shifter). ...and I know you = Mad Mallard know that with the collection of cars you got.heat is the AT enemy. If you're using the auto selector to hold gears higher through the rev range more than very intermittently, i would imagine thinking about a trans cooler would be on the short list.
Not experiencing any issues just thought Itd help hold revs and maybe be better for offroading and sliding around in gravelshould be no problem. I've driven several automatics across brands like that.
I have no idea about long-term issues, if any.
are you experiencing a problem that you're trying to fix by manually shifting? I'd be hesitant to persist in manual shifting an auto that was already exhibiting a failure.