Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 15:56:10 GMT
From: (Paul Douglas)
Subject: Auto Shift Speeds on 9000

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

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