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Old 07-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Drive mode vs Sport mode, when to use which?

Hello everyone,
I am not so sure when to use the Sport mode (or Selectshift). All I know is when in S mode you could either shift yourself or let the tranny do it for you. However, since I never drive a manual before, I'd like to know more about this. It'd also be great if you guys let me know when to use S mode or D mode, their advantages and disadvantages ( such as fuel economy...).
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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I've used the selectshift mode mainly in mountainous terrain.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:19 PM   #3
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I mainly use select-shift when I'm bored and want something more to do than push a pedal and turn the wheel. Also use it when I want more gumption when the punks beside me try to show off in their basically stock ricers with a fart cans, "fancy" paintjobs/graphics and rims... Sport mode for me seems most effective on rolling hilled and winding back roads with speed limits under 50 and little or no stop signs/stoplights where sixth gear doesn't matter (it's my understanding sport mode doesn't shift on its own up to sixth)... Drive mode is best for standard city and highway driving where you seek your best mileage and simplest commute (hence why I use it most). I see very little mileage effects using the latter two as I've suggested other than positive ones... Of course rowing your own doesn't hurt mileage if you shift smart, but kills your mileage if you push it to the floor and wait for redline bewtween shifts in racing which is why I've only done it twice so far (won once)... It really is a great transmission and if it holds up like my old C4 did I'll grow to love it more and more.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:50 PM   #4
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I use sport mode, shockingly in rush-hour traffic. I find that D in rush hour hunts and pecks for gears too much, and usually by the time the transmission hits the next up gear, I'm already braking. S will trigger the engine braking making me avoid hitting the guy who has no idea how to modulate brakes in rush hour traffic.
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Don't mean to hijack this thread but it is along the same line with regards to the transmission.

Can you shift from D to S while the car is in motion? Or do you have to do this while the car is stopped?
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Don't mean to hijack this thread but it is along the same line with regards to the transmission.

Can you shift from D to S while the car is in motion? Or do you have to do this while the car is stopped?
Can do it at any time, either direction, D to S or S to D
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I would love to use sport mode more in my commute; which is mostly rolling, curvy back roads. The tranny though gets so aggressive in up-shifting that I've seen it hit 6k when descending a hill (2ng gear at 35MPH I believe). I'm afraid the noise alone is going to get a cop interested in me. I'm also a little concerned about the wear and tear this might cause to the engine and tranny.
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Well, the lower the RPMs the less wear for sure. But I don't think the type of behaviour we're experiencing (occasional downshift to employ engine braking) will result in any additional wear. Running it a 6K RPM for hours at a time might though. That's what we call engine breaking
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I used sport mode on the mid-ohio sport track. Pretty sweet.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:01 PM   #10
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I would love to use sport mode more in my commute; which is mostly rolling, curvy back roads. The tranny though gets so aggressive in up-shifting that I've seen it hit 6k when descending a hill (2ng gear at 35MPH I believe). I'm afraid the noise alone is going to get a cop interested in me. I'm also a little concerned about the wear and tear this might cause to the engine and tranny.
It's not that loud. And it won't hurt you car. Your car is designed to be driven.
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