Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Gosford NSW Australia
Yes, I have done the programming thing with my AUII XR8 auto and you can easily tell the difference btween sport mode and economy mode.
In sport mode it definately holds in the gears longer on the upshifts but the biggest difference is that it will change down to a lower gear sooner as you are slowing so that you are already in the gear most appropriate to accelerate away from that speed. It is sometimes a bit savage on the change down to 1st as you are slowing.
For those who don't know the procedure, it involves foot on brake with ignition off and then selecting 1 or 2 or 3 (according to whether you want sport or economy or adaptive shift) and then turning on key until light flashes 3 times on dash to confirm change and then select park (or something like that, anyway read the handbook!) and it REALLY works.
The cop said "Do you know why I pulled you over". I said " Well, that all depends on how long you have been following me!"