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I tried looking for this in the manual and on the forums and couldn't find the answer.

When I'm in auto mode at highway speeds, and then shift over to manual mode, the tranny shifts over into 5th gear from 7th. I would assume it would stay in 7th gear when I shift over to manual.

Is this normal? And if so, does anyone know why it defaults to 5th?


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i think its normal, I've done that multiple times and noticed the gear is in the fifth gear and have to manually shift it back to seventh, and if i slow down, i was expecting the car the stay at the seventh gear but it automatically starts dropping gears
 

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I wonder if it's just an intuitive precaution sort of thing built-in...It's what mine does as well.

If you're in the highest gear, and then you move it into manual mode, having the system move it automatically down a few gears would sorta make sense. I'm not 100% sure what Infiniti specifically would say to explain it but think about it--if I wanted to kick into manual mode coming out of 7th, it usually means that I'm likely to downshift anyway, right? Dropping the gear down to 6th or 5th automatically is sort of like a natural bypass that the system does for you to get you down there quicker and saves you a bit of time.
 

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what i do to prevent that is, if im cruising at 100km/hr and i wanna move to manual shift-ablility i pull the paddle up (+) and the gear im in (usually 7) shows up, then move the gear selector into manual, seems to be the only way to prevent the tranny kicking into 5th
 

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It would make sense to do that. I been playing with it as well. Reason you want to be in manual mode is more sportier. Let's say you need to speed up or drive fast switching to manual mode step on gas and go. You can't do that if you manual mode 7th in a split second switch down to 5th gear and step on gas.
 

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I use that "feature" as a braking aid. Saves wear & tear on the brakes.
 
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you can always just pull the paddles twice if u wamna hop down 2 gears, then floor it to pass someone. the transmission will temporarily stay in manual mode until you dont manually shift for an X amount of time. now that might not work for the non sport owners but theres a reason they put the paddles into the sport versions :)

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I've wondered the same thing, haven't been bod enough to try it yet. Great post.
 

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what i do to prevent that is, if im cruising at 100km/hr and i wanna move to manual shift-ablility i pull the paddle up (+) and the gear im in (usually 7) shows up, then move the gear selector into manual, seems to be the only way to prevent the tranny kicking into 5th
I noticed if I pull the paddle down at 60 mph/100 km/h that it typically shows 5th. Also noticed at lower speeds, it restricts how far you can upshift. For example cant get in 7th at 30 mph.
 

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I'm not 100% certain on this but aren't 6th and 7th gears treated like 'overdrive'in other cars? Sort of cruising gears not power gears. More for mileage than power. That's why I thought it downshifts to give you power if needed at higher speeds.

Could be wrong since I'm not a 'car guy' by any means.
 

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I'm not 100% certain on this but aren't 6th and 7th gears treated like 'overdrive'in other cars? Sort of cruising gears not power gears. More for mileage than power. That's why I thought it downshifts to give you power if needed at higher speeds.

Could be wrong since I'm not a 'car guy' by any means.
Correct. 5th gear has a 1:1 ratio. The 6th and 7th gears are overdrive.
 

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Yep. The manual clearly stated always keep 7th gear for normal driving. Any other gears only for short period driving. The 3rd, 4th and 5th gear are the high RPM gear that give you maximum power/torque.
I preferred the 4th gear when overtake or pass another car on the freeway.

I'm not 100% certain on this but aren't 6th and 7th gears treated like 'overdrive'in other cars? Sort of cruising gears not power gears. More for mileage than power. That's why I thought it downshifts to give you power if needed at higher speeds.

Could be wrong since I'm not a 'car guy' by any means.
 
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