Re: Odd throttle action
All Fords sustain RPM. My '99 Taurus is no different. I actually don't mind it as the RPM is consistent with road speed so there is no upshifting. I like it mostly because I'll coast up to a light say, and then once the light changes and I go back on the throttle, it's a lot smoother than having the transmission downshift from overdrive back into third all the time.
Besides, coasting in neutral or any other vehicle is against the law. It might not state that word for word, but if you ever get into an accident that's NOT your fault and you were found to have been 'out' of gear (in neutral), that shows that you were not in control of your vehicle and you can be charged. A lot of people think it's OK to hypermile, drive straight, throw the trans in neutral and shut off the engine. It's also bad with an automatic as no fluid is flowing through the valve body with the gears still turning to sustain momentum, and 'neutral' in an automatic isn't the same as a manual where at least you can completely depress the clutch to disconnect the transmission entirely.
Fords naturally get a tad worse fuel economy than most vehicles in their respective class mainly because of this REV HOLDING feature. It was a common complain on manual transmission cars as well, as it holds rpm which in that case would frustrate me.
'11 Ram Quad Cab 4x4 SXT 5.7L HEMI (stock); 48,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 64,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 28,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!