Last post on Sep 09, 2009 at 9:26 PM
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Chevrolet Equinox, SUV
#3 of 4 Manual Mode
Sep 03, 2009 (6:03 pm)
Some E's come with a Manual Mode. It allows you to select the range of gear positions, kind of manual shifting when the tranny and engine are under stress. The manual says to use it going downhill grades or when towing, so I presume it will be useful controlling the gears manually going uphill. M Mode will prevent shifting to a lower a gear if the engine speed is too high. I haven't had the need to use it just it.
#4 of 4 Re: Question on 2010 Equinox Hill Climbing Performance [ragtop262]
Sep 09, 2009 (9:26 pm)
Thanks for the response, ragtop (and to runox too).
Yes, we do plan on getting a 6 cyl and for the reasons you state. I was reading a review of the 2010 Outback 4 cyl and the reviewer noted that at 7000 feet the "4" was running OK but indicating that it would be a lot happier if it were a "6".
In regards your hill climbing transmission response, in general, that sounds like what I would like: a relatively "graceful" downshift, one notch at a time with a bit of rpm boost to maintain speed. The Consumer Reports "first look" report stated that their test Equinox seemed reluctant to downshift under load and required a heavy foot to get things moving (not so good). I assume that the CR test car was a very early model, so, perhaps, Chevy is fairly quickly cleaning up their software as they get reports back from the field.