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Chrysler Pacifica, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Wagon
#74 of 121 autostick update
Aug 07, 2006 (6:35 am)
Ok. So after bapriebe's post, I decided to try the autostick again this weekend. Here is what I found: it will indeed shift to 4th gear at low rpms, but ONLY if I have my foot off the gas.
If I try to hold the gas steady and flip through the gears, it will not allow me to go to 4th until i hit 2500 rpms in 3rd. But, if I lift off the gas (and not just a little, but take my foot COMPLETELY off), then it will allow me to go to 4th. And, to complicate matters, if I get back on the gas too fast after switching to 4th, it will automatically kick back to 3rd! I have to wait a second or so before hitting the gas to keep in in 4th. Once again, I became so annoyed by this process that I gave up on it and just kept in in Drive.
So ... can anyone confirm this process for me? Is this normal or do I need to take the PAC for some service work?
Aug 07, 2006 (6:36 am)
we're kinda getting off topic as far as the headphone thing goes. Anyway, i have another niggling complaint that i'll post in the problems board.
#77 of 121 Re: autostick update [qbrozen]
Aug 12, 2006 (6:31 am)
It shifts to third to try to keep the engine from lugging along under load! Why would you want to idle along in 4th. anyway. Any car will get better mileage when the engine is working EASY. Third with a few more RPM's is much easier on the engine AND the pocketbook.
Aug 12, 2006 (7:27 am)
Any 3.8s out there? That was MY 2005 only, on the base model. It's rated at 18/25, I'm wondering what real world numbers with the 3.8 are. From what I read it's supposed to be the base engine for 2007. Thanks,
#79 of 121 Re: autostick update [thimmaker]
Aug 13, 2006 (7:44 am)
why idle along in 4th? for better mileage. If you are on level ground (or even going downhill) and crusing along easy, then the lowest rpms is the best mileage.
The experts report that accelerating full throttle while short shifting results in the best mileage. Of course, this is easily accomplished with a stickshift. I'd be much happier with the autostick if it responded in the same way.
Some autosticks out there will do exactly what you command of it. Others have a mind of their own. I, of course, prefer those that actually perform as advertised and allow you to control the tranny. The Pac's autostick is obviously not one of those.
Aug 27, 2006 (2:59 pm)
I love everything about my 2006 Touring FWD except the MPG. I have 5000 miles on it and am averaging 18 MPG combined highway & city. My city driving is probably 40% of driving. When I am on the HWY, I usually set my cruise control at 70 MPH. I ask other PAC drivers when possible & many say they get 21-24 MPG. Any input, ideas or suggestions?
#81 of 121 Re: REAL MPG [alafan1]
Aug 28, 2006 (3:35 pm)
21-24 has to be highway only. 18 mpg combined is about right.