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Old 03-27-2012, 03:29 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I've done this in my AT Saab. It will take your transmission from potato salad to jello. On which ever speed you re-engage your transmission there will be a dull spot at that speed that may or may not go away eventually. That'll make your transmission less responsive and require more finessing and more accelerator to get up to speed. You won't shift as readily or as fast and it'll shift at a slightly higher speed and rev. (And i'm talking doing this 10 or less times in total)

Maybe some rare cars are designed to do this without wear, but i think the categorical recommendation should be do not do it!

Do:

Sell your car.
Buy a more fuel efficient model with a manual.
Stop wasting your time trying to coax more from a cast iron tub with wheels as is my case.
Do it sooner and you'll save more gas.
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