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Old 12-21-2007, 08:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Minivan Dynamics

Originally Posted by newtonsfirstlaw View Post
I'd say P&G for this in Neutral is not an option.
Well, this is up to interpretation. "Firmly on the brake pedal" translates to a safety issue -- we don't want the generally public choosing a gear without being ready!

Perhaps a "mild" P&G scenario can develop. My car has the same limitations in the manual, but I've engine-off coasted for over a year, at speeds up to 70 mph. Knock on wood -- no problems after ~20K miles (130K total miles).

I've EOC'd in late-model Caravans and found that they don't like initial D-to-N shift, and after startup, the shift back into D (including an attempt to rev-match). It feels like a harsh engagement. The steering is VERY stiff too -- as I'm sure you may have noticed.

An decent increase in FE can be attained with engine-on coasting. P&G is up to interpretation/testing in this case...

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