: Use of Manual Mode Shifting

05-02-07, 10:16 AM
How often do you manually shift gears in your STS-V? Anyone have any good or bad experiences to share?

05-02-07, 10:30 AM
I really don't like it. I keep the shift lever in Sport mode most of the time. The other day I decided to get on it and floored it. I must have accidently bumped it in manual and did not know it. Without warning I hit the rev limiter and thought I had hit the brakes or something.


05-02-07, 04:17 PM
With the reaction time as slow as it is in the manual mode, the only use of it is really for downshifting..Sport mode is by far the fastest on the strip.

05-03-07, 10:36 AM
I was surprised at how slow the reaction time was when shifting!

So far I have found two circumstances where I like the manual mode:

1. Downshifting to assist in braking.
2. Holding a gear longer when I know I'm going to want to punch it and don't want the RPM's to drop (like when making a sharp turn).

I agree that Sport mode seems to best for straight line acceleration.

05-03-07, 06:39 PM
I like to run it over on the sport side on the twisty roads. The adaptive program kicks in after about 2 or 3 hard turns and the thing holds gears and shifts just like I would on my own. They obviously put a lot of thought into this and didn't really expect you to shift manually.

05-04-07, 07:27 AM
Sport mode rocks. I use manual mode on occasion, but not a lot.