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Just bought the car. Getting on the freeway, there is an on ramp that is fairly long, but also fairly steep. I noticed that the car did not really want to downshift in order to gain speed, but then again I didn't floor it as I'm not a hot-rodder.:cheesy: Is it better to shift down from drive before entering the on ramp or is it better to just "floor it" in order to encourage the transmission to downshift on its own. I'm asking the question mainly with respect to what is better for the longevity of the transmission..

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If it's going to downshift either way, I don't think it would matter that much, but I'd suggest flooring it and letting the car handle its own shifting.
 

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You shouldn't have to floor it, just give the pedal enough of a stab to where it'll downshift on its own and you're good to go.

Flooring it, half throttle, quarter throttle - it's all the same to the trans.
 

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Once you get used to the car and the car gets used to your driving habits, you shouldn't have any problem making it downshift on command with just the throttle
 
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