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I have only tried shifting to M mode after I have stopped..but have never tried while moving.My wife asked if she came to a steep hill and wanted to shift down what happens if you shift to m while going 100 k .Does it just change to M6 or drop to M4? Has anybody tried this and can tell me.Thanks
 

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nomad06 said:
I have only tried shifting to M mode after I have stopped..but have never tried while moving.My wife asked if she came to a steep hill and wanted to shift down what happens if you shift to m while going 100 k .Does it just change to M6 or drop to M4? Has anybody tried this and can tell me.Thanks
I haven't shifted a lot while moving but, to me, it seems like it puts it in a gear that will put it in a specific RPM, i.e if you are going 80 and shift to M, it will probably pick 6, but if you are going 20, it may pick 2. If you are going 60, it won't pick 2, and have the engine almost redlined.
 

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you can throw it to manual whenever, 80, 60 20 , stopped, etc, it will keep whatever gear you are currently in......transmissions are electronic devices now days....you wont harm anything, thats how its designed...
 

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I do it a lot, but watch your RPM's. I forget sometimes and when I downshift to the next gear AFTER I have already shifted into M, I get a slight hesitation and then WHAM. It's like throwing an anchor out back. It won't do it if you are going really too fast for the downshift, but still is a shock.
I usually only do it to see the guys eyes widen when he's tailgating me.

I'd just leave it in auto and not worry about having to shift again on a steep hill. Yours has "Hill Assist" doesn't it???
 

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GARYD said:
Yours has "Hill Assist" doesn't it???
Hill assist is for when you are stopped on hill, not when going up one
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_Start_Assist


I use M all the time - to slow down or merge into traffic quick.
Not sure if this is bad on long run - I may be saving some on break pads but if I'm wearing out the transmission it's just being stupid, but I do it mostly for much gradual slow down than having to control the breaks constantly.
 

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Not sure if this is bad on long run - I may be saving some on break pads but if I'm wearing out the transmission it's just being stupid
Agreed - I can do a brake-job myself very cheaply, but have no idea how to rebuild a tranny !
 

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I agree. Brake pads = very cheap, Trans = $$$$
 

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We do not use it much but there is one steep hill on the way home, and we are into winter driving conditions now.She just asked me if she could use M mode for the hill.thanks for good info and I will tell her to go ahead and shift it.
 

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I was under the impression that if you shifted into M while driving, the tranny would drop to the next lower gear from the one it was running in at the time you made the shift.
 

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Manual Mode

Electronic Range Select
(ERS) Mode

ERS or manual mode allows for the
selection of the range of gear
positions. Use this mode when
driving down hill or towing a trailer
to limit the top gear and vehicle
speed. The shift position indicator
within the Driver Information Center
(DIC) will display a number next to
the M indicating the highest
available gear under manual mode
and the driving conditions when
manual mode was selected.
To use this feature:
1. Move the shift lever to
M(Manual Mode).
2. Press the plus/minus button on
the shift lever, to increase or
decrease the gear range
available.

When shifting to M(Manual Mode),
the transmission will shift to a preset
lower gear range. For this preset
range, the highest gear available is
displayed next to the M in the DIC.
See Driver Information Center (DIC)
on page 4‑24 for more information.
All gears below that number are
available to use. For example, when
4 (Fourth) is shown next to the M,
1 (First) through 4 (Fourth) gears are
shifted automatically. To shift to
5 (Fifth) gear, press the + (Plus)
button or shift into D (Drive).
M(Manual Mode) will prevent
shifting to a lower gear range if the
engine speed is too high. If vehicle
speed is not reduced within the time
allowed, the lower gear range shift
will not be completed. Slow the
vehicle, then press the − (Minus)
button to the desired lower gear
range.

While using the ERS, cruise control
can be used.
 

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The "Getting to Know" guide that came with my 2011 Equinox says:

ERS is not designed to provide sportier
performance or to be used to shift
gears similar to a manual transmission.


So DO NOT use it to shift manually! Only use it to lock out higher gears for a specific need (such as towing or going down a long hill as noted in the post above).
 

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mnussbaum said:
The "Getting to Know" guide that came with my 2011 Equinox says:

ERS is not designed to provide sportier
performance or to be used to shift
gears similar to a manual transmission.


So DO NOT use it to shift manually! Only use it to lock out higher gears for a specific need (such as towing or going down a long hill as noted in the post above).
Nice catch, I wonder why they did not include that warning in the manual!
 

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That's a great question--when I first picked up the car I played with the +/- buttons one day. Then I read the quick start guide and realized I probably shouldn't use it manually. But then I read the manual, and there's no mention of it at all! Go figure. ???
 

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I guess I'll have to stop playing with the tailgaters. ;D
 

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GARYD said:
I guess I'll have to stop playing with the tailgaters. ;D
LOL exactly. I love to freak them out slowing down from 65 to 55 without break lights on.
 

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It does make them spill their coffee, doesn't it? ;D
 

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GARYD said:
It does make them spill their coffee, doesn't it? ;D
I sure hope so, they deserve severely burnt private areas.
 

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equinox2 said:
I sure hope so, they deserve severely burnt private areas.
Careful, they might sue you for causing those burns! :D
 

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I've shifted our Terrain to manual while in automatic many times while driving the Blue Ridge Parkway one day. It always picked the right gear and did not over rev. But I was nervous about doing this so I checked the manual first. I was still nervous when I first tried it.
 

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Another interesting point - the break in procedure specifically says not to use "engine break" during 1st 600miles - so isn't that implying after 600 mi you are clear to use M mode?
 
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