A lengthy thread in the maintenance/repairs section makes me wonder what the point is of automatic trannys that have paddle shifting imitating manual tranny control?
Driving an automatic, if I need to downshift, like going down a very steep long decline, I just downshift as needed then shift back to drive when appropriate. Example, driving down Tioga Pass on the east side of Yosemite in the Sierras.
In normal driving, whether in city traffic or highway driving, it is simple to modify shift points by paying attention to the sound and feel of the engine and either goosing acceleration a mite or momentarily easing off the gas for a second until the desired shift occurs. Been driving that way for forty years. That’s what I was taught by my mom who drove manuals for many years. And she was taught by a professional test and race driver on the Packard proving grounds.
So since it is easy to actually shift an automatic into a different gear at need and also easy to manipulate shift points via gas pedal, what is the real positive use of paddle shifters?
…still reading, still learning…