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Hi!

I've not long passed my test and got a 308 Auto.

When I put my car into the manual mode, and use the paddles to shift gears, it shifts fine. However, when I slow down, it will still shift itself down, rather then let me change the gear using the paddles.

Is this by design, or is it down to a specific mode?

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Yes that's by design, it will shift down on it's own in manual mode. You can still shift up and down with the paddles in Auto mode too, it doesn't have to be in manual mode for that.
 

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Hi!

I've not long passed my test and got a 308 Auto.

When I put my car into the manual mode, and use the paddles to shift gears, it shifts fine. However, when I slow down, it will still shift itself down, rather then let me change the gear using the paddles.

Is this by design, or is it down to a specific mode?

Cheers in advance
As stated, yes it does by design.

If you drop down to a certain amount of low revs/speed, it will change down automatically to allow you to keep going when and if you need drive in response to u pressing the accelerator.

If you think about a manual, you wouldnt go 20 mph in 6th gear....you need to drop down the gears. Its the exact same concept.
 

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I bought my EAT6 automatic because I was fed-up with changing gear and wanted an automatic and I have always wondered why manufacturers provide the option to change gear by hand in an automatic. If you are buying an automatic gearbox car then it's because you want the car to do the gear changing for you. I tried using the manual change as an experiment but all this did was to confirm to me that it was an unneccessary option. I know there is the "Snowflake" button but are there situations where manual change is better than the automatic or is it just so that drivers can have a different experience. i.e. A new toy to play with?
 

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I bought my EAT6 automatic because I was fed-up with changing gear and wanted an automatic and I have always wondered why manufacturers provide the option to change gear by hand in an automatic. If you are buying an automatic gearbox car then it's because you want the car to do the gear changing for you. I tried using the manual change as an experiment but all this did was to confirm to me that it was an unneccessary option. I know there is the "Snowflake" button but are there situations where manual change is better than the automatic or is it just so that drivers can have a different experience. i.e. A new toy to play with?
The manual mode is for people who enjoy spirited driving from time to time and much prefer being in control of what gear they are in. The gearbox is mapped so it changes up as soon as possible......doesnt do much for the driving pleasure down a nice A road nor does it make it very responsive.

For those that dont want a clutch pedal but want smooth changes when they decide, its vital and an important part of all auto boxes. I would not buy an auto without this option.
 
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