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Old 11-14-2012, 10:33 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by rjcalif View Post
Thanks for this informative post.

I just bought my youngest son a 2013 Titanium with the selectshift tans and he was complaining that if he was in Drive, going under 25mph, let of the throttle, then back on it would make a grinding noise. If he was more aggressive on the throttle then no noise. We tried running in Sport mode and no trans/clutch noise no matter how he drove or accelerated.

My summation is that Drive should really be Economy mode and only suitable for highway or freeway driving.
While I experienced some stutter when applying light throttle at low speed while in Drive, there was never any accompanying noise or grinding. That might worry me. I prefer driving about town in Sport mode because it can be smoother while accelerating (though less so decelerating) and seems to stay in the power band a bit better, but I have not experienced anything that I thought was unsafe or unusable about using "drive". If I was getting some kind of noise or grinding, I would head back to the dealer.
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