warment wrote:Using the L selection is not the same as using an "OD off" button.
I wasn't trying to say that it was; sorry if it came across that way. I was trying to point out that there are advantages to the L position over an OD cancel, and I am trying to help you understand how to use the L position better.
warment wrote:The L selection makes the engine rev to over 4k rpm (in my experience), and doe not appear (I let the car rev to over 4k) to shift out of third gear if using the L selection from a standstill.
I'm not sure it will even shift out of 1st from a standstill. IIRC, there are no up shifts in L with this trans, but I could be wrong. If there are up shifts, they will be done at very high engine speeds.
The best way to make use of L is to first accelerate to your desired speed in D and then move the selector to L. Even if high engine speed up shifts are made in L, it is probably best to think of L as only doing down shifts. I believe it uses fixed down shift points based on vehicle speed, and they are probably set pretty high. This will always put you in the lowest available gear, i.e. the most engine braking available.
The disadvantage to this is that if you want to hold a speed near a down shift point, you will some times get down shifts that you don't want. If you want to up shift a gear, move the selector temporarily back to D and make sure you accelerate to a speed above the shift speed for the gear you wanted to get out of. Then move the selector back to L. Don't worry about the engine speed going to over 4K.
The reason I said this is better than OD cancel is because all that gives you is top gear - 1 with engine braking. If you wanted to drive in the 40-55mph range, you probably wouldn't get enough engine braking to do much good in OD cancel (the higher the engine speed, the more engine braking you get). L is trickier to use than OD cancel, and you can't just put it in L and accelerate up to your speed, either.
warment wrote: I know I am not driving a sports car, but I like to have options.
I understand. I am not saying I disagree with you about the lack of selector positions. I am just trying to help you understand how L works, and the best way to make use of it. I am also curious about what type of functionality people want.
warment wrote:I simply want something that will effectively use some engine braking without revving the h*ll out of the engine. I for one would find that useful for my driving.
I understand, but you can't have decent engine braking without higher engine speeds. That doesn't mean it needs to be 4k+ RPM, though, and more driver control would be nice. On relatively flat ground, the CVT goes to about 3500RPM when moved to L; I'd like to see what it does on steeper down hill grades.
warment wrote:I really love the car, but this annoys me.
I do understand, believe it or not
warment wrote:And don't get me started on the "auto up" window feature that usually goes halfway down before I can roll up the window when I have a 1 inch crack in the window...
My problem is with getting that 1" crack in the first place. The auto-up/down and too touchy for me...
PS -> I'd also like to suggest that owners of the 6spd trans on the board get together and do a little experiment. When exiting a freeway at a higher speed (preferably 70mph+), move the gear selector from D -> L and try to notice the vehicle speeds when the down shifts are made. The first one will probably be immediate, and could well be a 6->4. If several people were able to get a decent idea of the speeds the shifts seemed to happen at, it would give everyone a good idea of what speeds the shifts are made at allowing them to avoid unintended down shifts in L.