QUOTE (Coldwave45 @ Oct 7 2010, 03:35 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=361864
Can someone please advise me on what points to shift up or down? Right now I shift down when I am ascending a winding upward curve to get onto to freeway, I also shift down when I need extra speed to pass another car. After I pass the vehicle of enter the highway from the winding onramp I shift up one when I am clear of any vehicles and reach the speed I want. Am I doing this correctly?
For acceleration, the only encouragement your tranny needs to drop you down a gear or two is to stick your foot in it. Assuming your vehicle wasn't owned by someone afraid to put the hammer down (the tranny learns the drivers habits to a point, so yours may still have the "habits" of the previous driver in mind), it should hop right to it.
Having used a similar shift arrangement on both of the 300Ms I've owned, I'm still using the pretty much the same times and places to play the manual shift game with the Santa Fe:
1) Downhill in mountains - beats the heck out of buying new rotors and pads, assuming I'm not off the side of the road in a ditch instead. 4000 pounds on a 7% grade is a bugger to hold, even in the lower gears!
2) Uphill in snow - nothing I hate worse than an automatic tranny suddenly deciding it's time for a downshift when I'm plugging up a slippery hill. Inevitably breaks traction and we start to go a little sideways. Because I can prevent this (within a reasonable RPM range) with the "Shiftronic", I'm able to avoid the slippage associated with the sudden torque differential that occurs during the shift. If I lock it in 3rd, I know that if I don't really lug it badly, it'll stay in 3rd rather than surprise me with a bump to 2nd.