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I was driving to work today and after about a mile my car starting acting crazy. When I hit the gas pedal gently, the tachometer went all the way to 8 and my car was going forward & backward & I couldn't get the speed up. I thought it was about to stall. I had no clue what was going on. I was freaking out because I had pulled out in front of a huge truck & then I couldn't get my speed up & the meters were going nuts. (the truck driver wanted to kill me & almost hit me) Then I saw on my dash that there was a 1. I'm guessing I must have knocked it into first gear...? I have no clue how to drive stick. I had to stop in the middle of the road to put my car in park and then back in drive. Thank goodness that was the issue. Once I put it in Drive, it was fine. I know for sure that when I took off this morning the car was in Drive because I always look at the dash to see. I have no idea how it got into first gear. I'm sure it's my fault & not the car's, but if it happens again & I'm not able to stop in the middle of the road, I don't know what to do!
 

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Thats odd since the engine might rev a bit, but it should automatically take you to the next gear once it gets too high.

If you accidentally hit your paddle shifter, the fastest way to reset to auto is to move the stick left and back right. You really should learn how the gears work though as it makes driving a little more fun. I hate how its still too automated though.
 

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Thats interesting that it would hold the gear like that. typically only "sports" cars will do that with a manumatic gearbox.
 

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Yeah, might want to get it checked out, since naturally the car upshifts even in "manual" mode.

If you do go to the dealership, and there was something wrong, find out how it happened (car error, something you did, etc).

Not only will that help you from having it happen again, but you can also let me know how to replicate it so it can happen to me all the time. :thumbsup:
(I would love it if this car didn't upshift automatically)

In all seriousness though, I am glad you made it through ok. :beer:
 

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The make manual trans se's? since when?
 

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Yeah, it would be a big help if I knew & understood how the thing works, so I know how to get out of it (or maybe use it)! I might take it to the dealer & have someone go over it with me so I don't experience this again.

Eyecue - not sure if I'm explaining this right because I don't understand it too well...it's an automatic but it has paddle shifters so you can drive it like a stick. (I think, lol)
 

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QUOTE (iwantanewsonata @ Oct 6 2010, 03:10 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=361583
Yeah, it would be a big help if I knew & understood how the thing works, so I know how to get out of it (or maybe use it)! I might take it to the dealer & have someone go over it with me so I don't experience this again.

Eyecue - not sure if I'm explaining this right because I don't understand it too well...it's an automatic but it has paddle shifters so you can drive it like a stick. (I think, lol)
Yeah it's not stick, "stick" is literally a stick that shifts gears aka manual transmission. SE's have a slush box (auto transmission) with a so called ''manual mode''.
 

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Ok, gotcha. Exuse my wording. It's the only feature on my car that I don't want, don't need (& now don't like) but I never thought I would have to deal with it.
 

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Yeah I drive cars with paddle shifters all day long, feels nothing like driving a manual car, I usually don't even use the function. Don't know why some are fascinated by it. I'd stay away if you are having problems with it.
 

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It's a similar concept as driving stick though, right? I plan to stay away from it, but I need to be educated on how to get out of it if this happens again. I was scared to touch anything to try to get it back to normal while I was driving with a truck on my tail. Didn't want to make the situation worse. Like I said, I had no clue how it got into first gear & no clue how to get out of it other than putting it in park, (which took quite a few seconds to do) then back in Drive.
 

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The only way it would get into manumatic mode and not rev up on its own fast enough is if you actually had the shift lever to the left. If you accidently down shifted with the paddles it shouldn't take more than a second to automatically rev back up. I'm confused why you would have to pull over and put it in park. Shifting the lever to right automatically revs up.
 

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It sounds like you bumped it into manual mode. That's why it stayed in 1st gear and rev'd to 8g. It wont shift unless you move the stick forward and make it shift.
 

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I'm glad there wasn't an accident and that you are ok but it amazes me how people have no idea how a car works. This car is an automatic and it still presented a problem in this case. I think everyone should learn to drive a stick or at least how a car transmission functions (for safety purposes). I only wish the stick was an option on the SE. I miss my 330i :(, but still enjoy my new Sonota.
 

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QUOTE (eyecue @ Oct 6 2010, 02:18 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=361590
Yeah it's not stick, "stick" is literally a stick that shifts gears aka manual transmission. SE's have a slush box (auto transmission) with a so called ''manual mode''.
Hyundai calls it "sport mode." I don't know how "sporty" it is, though. Like someone said above, the auto-trans still makes sure you play nice! :)

Having said that, it IS fun to use every now and then. Staying a bit longer in a lower gear gives a nice performance--at least it SOUNDS sporty!
 
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