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Without paying much attention I was driving on D3 for about 5 miles on the hwy till I noticed the higher RPM. I kinda of understand what they are for, ie. going up hills and stuff, but who actually uses D3-1. Is there any advantage to using them in everyday driving? Why does honda even have them in there, I mean I"m almost postive 90% of the drivers like me wouldnt even know when to use it and how to correctly use it. I know it was my fault driving in D3 but it pissed me off that its pretty easy to make that mistake. Can anyone justify why honda keeps putting d3, 2 and 1 as a option? I think for automatics they should just have D, P, N and R.
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in my opinion, i am glad that honda still does it the "old school" way. simply put, D3 for passing or engine braking, 2 for passing in local traffic and to start off in snow / sand (car locks in 2nd gear), and 1st for engine braking to really help to slow you down in snow etc.... :wave:
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Without paying much attention I was driving on D3 for about 5 miles on the hwy till I noticed the higher RPM. I kinda of understand what they are for, ie. going up hills and stuff, but who actually uses D3-1. Is there any advantage to using them in everyday driving? Why does honda even have them in there, I mean I"m almost postive 90% of the drivers like me wouldnt even know when to use it and how to correctly use it. I know it was my fault driving in D3 but it pissed me off that its pretty easy to make that mistake. Can anyone justify why honda keeps putting d3, 2 and 1 as a option? I think for automatics they should just have D, P, N and R.
Good post. Drive is the only gear I ever drive in. To tell you the truth I don"t think anybody has explained what the other gears are for??????? :dunno: I ready for the wrath of the tasiilaq.net folks give it to me. :thumbsup:
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i cruise in d3 alot more often now a days. having that power at tap is pretty cool. you dont have to wait for the automatic to "decide" to downshift to pass cars. you"ll be sitting at average 5k rpm on the freeway. and since its stays in a lower gear, your car picks up quicker and engine brakes (slows the car down quicker when letting off the gas) . only disadvantage. i"ve hit the rev limiter a few times at around 105mph on d3. but we all shouldn"t be hitting that speed anyways. (my accords cost me 2 90mph speeding tickets in a year. the pickup compared to a 95 civic si helps. old civic had to really work to hit 90. lol)
Well, Accords have had those options for some time now, and I find them useful in day to day driving.If I feel the need to decide when the car should change a gear under hard acceleration, I will put the shifter way back in 1, and move it forward until I reach my desired gear. This is better than flooring it to get the transmission to say "I think he"s trying to go fast, hold the gear longer". Or I"ll use 1 in traffic so that I don"t have to constantly feel the transmission cycle back and fourth through gears 1 and 2. Not to mention it causes less wear on the transmission itself.2 is like a winter gear. You can start driving the car in 2nd gear to prevent wheel spin in snowy/icy conditions. 2nd gear has less torque from a dead stop than 1st does. Which is what minimizes chances of wheel spin.D3 is great for city driving. The D in front of the 3 essentially means that the car will go through every gear up to 3rd gear. Should you ever not notice you"re in D3 and you go too fast (very unlikely!) the technical nanny"s in the car will shift up to 4 and 5 for you. I would not advise testing the limits though ;-). In your owners manual, it states how fast each gear is good for. On my car, D3 can take me all the way to 96 mph. With quite a bit fuss from the engine of course.D4 really is D5 as it will go up to 5th gear. Honda just decided 5th was an overdrive gear I suppose. In the city, and when you"re not on the highway the car may not even use 5th.You can shift through the gears manually, but I do not suggest ever down shifting into 1st gear if the car is moving anywhere past 5-10mph as you"ll get a good shake from the engine if you do. I usually put it in 1 once I"m fully stopped.D3 is a great way to pass without flooring. - As long as you"re within the limit; in your owners manual.I use D3 on the freeway a lot so that I don"t have to press the pedal half way down or so to get the car to drop a gear. Saves fuel and takes less time I suppose.Anymore questions?


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