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    Hey Quick Car Question...

    Hey all, my friend owns a 1999 Range Rover, and he just called with a question that I couldn't answer:

    It's an automatic (I know next to nothing about automatics, never really driven one), and there's no "gear" just labeled as "Drive" - there's "Drive3", "Drive4", then Reverse etc. Anybody know what the difference is? Between Drive3 and Drive4? I know that on some autos, there's an option to put it into 3rd gear for steep hills and whatnot, but usually there's also a generic "Drive" option.

    Anyways, not real important, just wondering if anybody knows.

    P.S. I checked for manuals online and couldn't come up with anything, so all help is appreciated. Thanks
    Reutlingen/ San Francisco

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    You are truly blessed to have never driven an automatic

    I'm guessing that Drive3 and Drive4 just keep the transmission in 3rd/4th gear. It's good for when torque is bad, such as driving on snow/ice. You'll obviously never need it in Sacramento.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeney921
    You are truly blessed to have never driven an automatic

    I'm guessing that Drive3 and Drive4 just keep the transmission in 3rd/4th gear. It's good for when torque is bad, such as driving on snow/ice. You'll obviously never need it in Sacramento.
    Haha yea we don't believe in them in our family. And I assumed the same as you do, except apparently there's no setting for generic drive for the rest of the gears. Who knows? And yes, Sacramento is rather flat... but I learned to drive stick years ago in San Francisco
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    I think Drive 4 is the standard "D" in most cars, dunno for sure.
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    Is there just a D selection?

    otherwise Drive4 means you have access to all 4 gears, Drive 3 means you have access to the first 3, and so on.
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    What IB4R said.

    I was driving an auto Hi-Lux once, but I hated the shift-points in the gearbox so I was manually going through L, 3, D, over-drive everytime I took off. It was the same thing, it limited the tallest gear it went to but would utilise the lower ones if it needed to.

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    Gotcha, thanks a bunch guys, I appreciate the info
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    to bring up a new question..what are the benefots of limiting the highest gear, doesn't that just mean that you can rev to high and stall it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwpower
    to bring up a new question..what are the benefots of limiting the highest gear, doesn't that just mean that you can rev to high and stall it??
    not sure i understand the question... when are the gear ratios so limited that you can rev too high on the highest gear? you mean on some racecars? cuz i'm pretty sure that restrictor plates on production cars don't limit the tach, they just limit the speed mid-gear...

    ...if that makes any sense
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    D4 enables overdrive; D3 overrides it. It's for towing.

    When you're towing you want to keep the RPM higher so you stay in the powerband and under decelleration you get the effects of some engine braking.
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    as far as i know, with automatics anyway, there's a low setting so you have lots of torque (good for hills), and a high setting thats good for driving on stuff like ice, because you get less torque and therefore less wheel slippage. i think. thats what my auto-driving dad told me anyway.

    also with big (and some small) 4x4's, they have a low and high ratio gearbox. i once drove a suzuki jimny (13 years old, not a recommended experience if you've got 3 back seat drivers in it and its your friend's mum's) that had a small lever that selected passive AWD, permanent AWD and low ratio AWD. might it be that? i'm guessing not, but its just a suggestion.
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