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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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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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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 [giggle]
 

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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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The sport mode is great when you are at a 4x4 intersection, waiting to make a left turn, with the light.

The autotrans shifts up into a higher gear, so quickly and at such low speeds at light throttle, to improve fuel economy, but what happens if the light turns green, and you start to go. You pull ahead, and slow by taking your foot off the gas pedal, but don't stop, while you're waiting to see what might be comming around the oncoming cars which also want to make a left turn. In fully automatic, does the transmission shift up into 2nd, or 3rd gear, or do you still have maximum thust at the wheels in 1st gear, for when you think the way is clear to go? And if you find that you NEED TO GO, NOW, are you in the right gear to get going, and out of the way of a speeding oncoming car/truck/5,000lb minivan, or are you in second, or third, and waiting for the transmission to downshift, while you see your life flash before you...

Actually, though, I just like the performance of sportmode, and really don't drive the Focus enough to worry about fuel economy, which seems to hover around 37mpg Cdn, in city driving only!
 

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When I'm in heavy traffic I tend to switch back and forth. In D it is slow to repsond to pressing on the gas pedal so I switch to S whenever I come to a stop, but it is too quick to downshift when I ease off the throttle in that mode so I click it back into D so that the car will stay in a higher gear and coast once.

Otherwise, I just leave it in D all the time.
 

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I just test drove a sedan SE today with 203A package. I noticed that the transmission is very jerky at slow speed in the city (20-25mph). Even on a highway its shuddered a few times at 60-70mph. I wonder if S mode will help reduce all of this. Another thing is that car I test drove was almost out of gas. I wonder if this is the reason for all of the jerkiness that I experienced.
 

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The tranny is not butter smooth like an automatic and sometimes it acts as though someone new to manual trannys is shifting, but overall, I like the feel and I like the fact I can feel what the transmission is doing.
 

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I don't have much experience outside of a parking lot with manual, so, this may sound like a dumb question. When you're shifting gears in S mode, do you need to take your foot off the gas as if you were going to shift with a clutch if it were there?
 

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I don't have much experience outside of a parking lot with manual, so, this may sound like a dumb question. When you're shifting gears in S mode, do you need to take your foot off the gas as if you were going to shift with a clutch if it were there?
You've resurrected a thread dead for 2 years. Bravo!

Seriously, good job with using the search function! [thumb] (not sarcasm)

No, you do not need to remove your foot from the gas pedal in order to shift in 'S' mode.
 
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