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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
Feb 05, 2003 (6:18 pm)
The gated shifter is the same as the shifter on any automatic. Instead of a button lockout, it has the gates, presumably to help prevent you from accidentally doing something bad (D to R while moving, for instance). But, it's a regular automatic. Just put it in D and go. You can manually override shifting and do it yourself, but it's not really intended for that.
You can get automatics that allow for a pseudo-manual shifting experience (so called "manumatics"), but the only Subaru in the US lineup to have one of these is the 2002 Legacy 2.5GT. It happens to have a regular style shifter with a lockout button (ie, non-gated).
Feb 05, 2003 (6:29 pm)
Put it in D ... and .. go .. that's about it ..
Brenda who has no intention of driving a stick ...
#7549 of 11746 Gated Shifter
Feb 05, 2003 (6:36 pm)
The gated shifter is set up so that you can easily switch between "D" and "3" but not everything else. Instead of putting an "OD lockout" button and go with a P-R-N-D-2-1, they simply added a "3" position.
I personally like it -- clicking back the shifter one notch and having the engine kick in is kind of nice.
Feb 05, 2003 (7:04 pm)
I agree with Ken. "D" most of the time, "3" around town and when I am in a good mood (or late), "2" and "1" for snow storms. "R" for adjusting my rear brakes....ohhh.....sorry, that's my Sienna.
Feb 05, 2003 (10:53 pm)
(spoken with an Aussie accent) <grin>
Just thought I'd check in & let those of you who may remember me know that I'm still loving the '02 Wintergreen Bean, & so did the houseguests who were driving it while I was in Australia last month. I looked for Outbacks while there, and saw more than a few, but I saw even more WRX's! A definite percentage reversal from here.
14K miles & ticking along - need to make an appt. for the recall work & trying to make time to get it over to Marin Subaru so I don't have deal with the closer, but annoying, Albany Ford/Subaru :-Þ
One of these days I'll catch up with all these posts....
Jillian & the Bean
Feb 05, 2003 (11:19 pm)
Jillian, welcome back from the land down under. As I peck this into the computer, my boss is somewhere over the Pacific returning from Australia. Hope to visit there again but on the company next time.
Feb 06, 2003 (2:40 am)
Well, I am glad that we have been spreading the word on how to speak Australian far and wide. We offer extra tuition in "good-on-ya-mate" and "beaudy".
It's certainly true that there are a lot of WRX's down under but they have been available for years wheras you have only had them for a year or two. Still Subaru enjoys 3.5% of the market for passenger vehicles down under, rather more than in the US
#7554 of 11746 Gated Shifter
Feb 06, 2003 (4:09 am)
It's just like other ATs in that you can put it in 1, 2, 3, D.
1= 1st gear only
2= 2nd gear only (starts in 2nd for snowy weather)
3= 1, 2, 3 gears
4= 1-4 gears
I have been driving ATs for a while, and generally my rule of thumb is this:
D= Highway and normal driving
3= For "spirited" driving, and if the AT jumps from 3->4 too often
2= For "extra-spirited" driving and snow driving.
1= for Extra snowy driving
Generally though D works and 3 is good for offramps and twisties.
Feb 06, 2003 (7:08 am)
Cool, Paul, you could be an amateur DJ.
You can put the gated shifter in "2" to start in 2nd gear when it's snowing. That reduces power so you're less likely to slip.
Graham: yeah, US market share is about 1.1%, so I guess you see 3 times as many Subies on any given day.
#7556 of 11746 more shifter questions
Feb 06, 2003 (8:58 am)
So is it safe to use "3" on the highway if you want extra power to pass someone? (When you are going, say, 50 - 60 mph). Would you use it to get more power while on the onramp and merging into freeway speed traffic?
I guess what happens is that I know *nothing* about driving an auto. except to put it in "D". I'm trying to figure out how these extra gears help, and if they could make driving an automatic feel more like driving a stick.