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Old 08-11-2014, 02:05 PM   #212 (permalink)
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This is a technical thread, but it seems to be overkill to me. In my 2004 PT Cruiser the fastest way to get the engine to high gear/low RPM is to put it into cruise control. Seriously, once I cross 40 mph, pop it into cruise control and it automatically goes into overdrive and the RPM drops. Moreover, on the highway, even in hilly eastern Pennsylvania, going up hills was not a problem leading to excessive RPM because it stayed in overdrive as long as it could, and for a heavy car added RPM only sparingly.

In fact, downhill is where I have to watch it. In cruise control, a sharp downhill will force it into a lower gear and run up the RPM, so I have to make a point of tapping out of cruise control on those hills.
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