'97 306 - auto gearbox probs?
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    Default '97 306 - auto gearbox probs?

    g'day, first time i've driven a peugeot was a test drive a couple of days ago and i'm close to purchasing it.

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    my question is, do these cars (automatics) naturally gear down in a way that may feel a little unusual to non peugeot drivers? ie. does it sound as if it slips out of gear( only when gearing/slowing down), however that's just the way it drives.

    would love some insight on this

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    nanz. Welcome to aussiefrogs. There is so much help and info here its not funny.
    I have driven a 306 automatic sedan once and im pretty sure all french autos are a bit odd in the gearchange. Especially the auto adaptive ones.
    The gearboxes do normally change down esp when they go down hills. It is a bit weird for non french drivers but it doesnt take long to get used to i think.
    I have driven hondas and other asain brands and i find them weird.
    Mercedes is another story all together.....

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    cheers for such a quick reply mate.

    sounds like it's just something i have to get used to?

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    Hi Nanz,

    I'd say from what you describe that you are noticing "engine braking" - as the car slows, the car changes back down through the gears (well, that's my understanding of the phenomenon). Once you get used to it you won't look back - I'm so used to it now I can use the engine to do most of the braking and just use the actual brakes at the last moment, saving wear and tear. Drives me nuts when I drive my fiance's Fairmont, which doesn't have it.

    It's basically the equivalent of changing down through the gears to slow down in a manual.

    Hope this helps,
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    nanz,

    Welcome to

    penelope_s has explained how it works perfectly. I think it's a good feature myself, although some people don't like it. It is something you get used to soon enough. People who don't like it are used to driving autos such as Commodores and Falcons which try to get to 4th gear ASAP and stay there.

    I've moved this thread to the Peugeot section which is where it really should be

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    Weeeee Penelope's back

    The down change is a great feature, you'll get used to it. I remember following a Com/Falc thing down the range from Maleny, brake lights on all the way down, we were driving our C5 and I didn't touch the brakes until close to the bottom (we had to stop) we coasted at a comfortable 80klm perfect for the conditions. Next best thing to a manual in that situation

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood
    Weeeee Penelope's back

    The down change is a great feature, you'll get used to it. I remember following a Com/Falc thing down the range from Maleny, brake lights on all the way down, we were driving our C5 and I didn't touch the brakes until close to the bottom (we had to stop) we coasted at a comfortable 80klm perfect for the conditions. Next best thing to a manual in that situation

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    I think my (96) 306 used to do that, but I found myself doing all the down-shifting with the auto box, anyway. And that was why I went back to a manual ...
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