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which "drive" do i use ?

This is a discussion on which "drive" do i use ? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; hey guys i'm a noobie but always wondered: on my 99 z28 there's the P, N, [D], D, 2, 1 ...

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    which "drive" do i use ?

    hey guys i'm a noobie but always wondered: on my 99 z28 there's the P, N, [D], D, 2, 1 gears....Which "drive" gear should i use when driving? i usually use the [D] drive but recently ive tested the D under that one and it actually seems more responsive on the gas....for example: while on [D], the 3-4 shift change is very long....but while in D, the car is more responsive to the gas pedal, and the 3rd to 4th gear is more more responsive on the gas....i hope im making sense, lol. thanks. Just a general explanation of the gears would be nice. thanks

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    D with the square around it is over drive which is a good thing...better mpg and better driveability on the road.

    If you want to cruise around at higher rpms or have some fun and go through the gears then use the D with no square around it...no over drive so expect it to shift a little harder and to get worse mpg's.
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    [D] is this only one to use unless you are manually shifting or need a lower gear for some reason. If you are shifting gears a lot please install a trans cooler if you haven't already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    [D] is this only one to use unless you are manually shifting or need a lower gear for some reason. If you are shifting gears a lot please install a trans cooler if you haven't already.
    Forgot to mention: it is an automatic

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    Sometimes I throw it into D when going through the canyons. But for normal highway driving etc... [D] is preferable for the reasons stated above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sezo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    [D] is this only one to use unless you are manually shifting or need a lower gear for some reason. If you are shifting gears a lot please install a trans cooler if you haven't already.
    Forgot to mention: it is an automatic
    Use [D] if your are driving normally...use D if you are going for a harder shift or having some fun. One is over drive and one isn't. That's really the only difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theorangeguy View Post
    Use [D] if your are driving normally...use D if you are going for a harder shift or having some fun. One is over drive and one isn't. That's really the only difference.
    will it affect the car if i drive in D a lot? I can definitely tell it shifts harder while in D, makes the car feel faster..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sezo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theorangeguy View Post
    Use [D] if your are driving normally...use D if you are going for a harder shift or having some fun. One is over drive and one isn't. That's really the only difference.
    will it affect the car if i drive in D a lot? I can definitely tell it shifts harder while in D, makes the car feel faster..
    Won't affect anything other than your mileage and if you have exhaust it will be a little louder cruising around because it will be in higher rpms due to over drive not kicking in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theorangeguy View Post
    Won't affect anything other than your mileage and if you have exhaust it will be a little louder cruising around because it will be in higher rpms due to over drive not kicking in.
    thanks

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    I pull ours back into Drive going down our hill. Other than that, I generally keep it in [D] almost everywhere else.

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