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Old 03-14-2014, 09:32 PM
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How to use Drive Sports Mode

I have a 2009 G sedan automatic transmission with DS mode.

How do I use it and shift correctly? I've never driven a manual car, so I'm new to this.

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Old 03-14-2014, 10:02 PM
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Hey Jon welcome to the forum

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Old 03-14-2014, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Jon.jordan1996 View Post
I have a 2009 G sedan automatic transmission with DS mode.

How do I use it and shift correctly? I've never driven a manual car, so I'm new to this.

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You still won't have driven a manual car after this
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:23 PM
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Drive sport mode is easy. Slide the shifter over and put the pedal to the metal! DS mode shifts for you automatically, but changes the shift points (up and down) to a more aggressive style.
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Don't you find it funny when someone asks how to drive an automatic? If it were an SMG I'd understand but.. Come on now lol.

All jokes aside I know uprev does a great job in fixing a few shifting issues for the 7AT which makes life much easier...and fun.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Jon.jordan1996 View Post
I have a 2009 G sedan automatic transmission with DS mode.

How do I use it and shift correctly? I've never driven a manual car, so I'm new to this.

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Alas, it still won't be a manual. In theory you'll be able to manually up or down shift the automatic transmission to make the car more responsive. That, coupled with the changing of the shift points as previously noted, will give the car a more aggressive feel to it.

However... It is still an automatic and will NOT respond like a manual. There is still a substantial, in my opinion, shift lag as the transmission shifts itself. Unless you're going to get a tune you're going to need to get used to that. Heck, I almost think a turbo glide is a more responsive auto sometimes certainly the turbo 400s were. But that's apples to oranges.

To try and specifically answer your question, I drive by feel and sound with an eye on the tachometer. In general the closer you get to redline the harder your engine is working but you should be able to feel the powerband and you don't need to hit redline. A downshift or two as you're coming out of some turns or ramps can be fun and give you added "pep". I'm not really sure how to try and explain it in writing unfortunately.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:21 PM
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I actually thought that ds mode was for manually shifting, I didn't know about the ds auto mode.I used it a few times (not even hard on it ) and got a burning smell ??
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Cool

Originally Posted by guyinswmo View Post
Drive sport mode is easy. Slide the shifter over and put the pedal to the metal! DS mode shifts for you automatically, but changes the shift points (up and down) to a more aggressive style.
"DS" mode on the 7AT is great for highway traffic with irregular speeds that prevent cruise control. It'll help you stay in an rpm range that offers more power (ACCELERATION) to pass or just keep up with the changing traffic flow. In the same traffic in "D" the guy behind you may come to assume that you are slower than you actually are and try to go around you. That make's you turn vile and go on a speeding rant loL. Just kidding...
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This thread was sleeping peacefully for five years. Even in DS, the 7AT sucks at down-shifting when prodded by the throttle. You must used the paddles or the shift lever to get a lower gear when you want it.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:43 AM
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This thread was sleeping peacefully for five years. Even in DS, the 7AT sucks at down-shifting when prodded by the throttle. You must used the paddles or the shift lever to get a lower gear when you want it.
I see that now, lol.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:43 PM
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even when tuned its still not that great.. that's why i Drive in M mode
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:22 PM
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I drive in DS using the paddles, too. Only while the engine is cold and I'm puttering out of my neighborhood do I leave it in D.
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