Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 11:30:36 +0100
From: danny <dannynopsamia-esprezzo.com>
Subject: Re: Auto Shift Speeds on 9000


I don't know if it applies to the later V6 models, but the 2.3 9000 models with 4 speed auto box do have a sort of sport mode. The recommendation is that for round town driving the auto is put into 3rd, rather than "D" and it's detailed as sport mode in the manual (I think). This changes the shift pattern, basically by holding it the lower gears longer. I drive in "3" everywhere until I'm on a motorway etc, and find it helps a lot. Probably keeps the engine in the torque band better, as well as altering the shift pattern. This would not affect the inability to rev to the red line using kickdown, which works fine on my car, and I would think is due to cable adjustment. Regards, Danny http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site) http://www.dannyscoffee.com (UK advert for my mobile espresso service) swap Z for above characters in email address to reply Paul Douglas wrote: > Can anyone tell me the approx speeds the auto box on a 9000 V6 should > shift at, and also the speeds at kickdown? > > The reason for asking is the disappointing performance of the car, > particularly when accelerating in the 40-60mph area. I've posted a > question about the performance of the car before (thanks to all who > replied) but having lived with it a bit longer I think one of the problems > is that it's shifting up too quickly. Presumably, the shift pattern is > set for economy more than performance, and it isn't one of those cars > that has a "sport" mode available. That's ok I suppose but at least > kickdown should force it to hold a lower gear for longer, yet it always > seems to shift up at about 4500rpm, well short of the red line. > > I'm wondering whether to take it to a dealer and pay to have the > kickdown checked, and maybe adjusted, but don't really want to bother > if what it's doing is normal and I'd just be wasting my money. > > Am I right in thinking that this car is "fly by wire" and there's not > much point grovelling around underneath it or in the footwell trying to > check for kickdown cable adjustment (a recent back injury makes me > reluctant to engage in this kind of sport if I can avoid it!). > > It's unlikely to make a difference but, just in case, it's a UK model. > > thanks in anticipation > > Paul Douglas > paulnopsamlasfamilynospam.au.com -- Regards, Danny http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site) http://www.dannyscoffee.com (UK advert for my mobile espresso service) swap Z for above characters in email address to reply

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