Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indy, IN
Drives '12 Elantra GLS
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There's an uphill cloverleaf entrance ramp where sometimes the car is a little slow to downshift and I need to pick up speed. Also, when I want to pass someone in front of me rather suddenly, it could be helpful.
When you find yourself using manual mode because a 0.3-second downshift delay is just too darn long, you know you're headed for trouble. I went tearing around an on-ramp in manual mode the other day, and when I pinned it on the curve I actually managed to engage the ESC. Oops. Dead gas pedal and a flickering dashboard light is not what you want to see just as you're merging in front of a truck.
I find manual mode most useful for controlling speed on long downhill descents. The rest of the time it's just a toy for 44-year-old teenagers.
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