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Old Mar 23rd, 2014, 01:39 AM
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Question about Automatic S

I just got my 2008 S with 26k miles. The gearbox seems to dislike 1st and second gear and seems to struggle a little with downshifting in sport mode. Is this normal? Other than that, the car seems extremely solid.
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I just got my 2008 S with 26k miles. The gearbox seems to dislike 1st and second gear and seems to struggle a little with downshifting in sport mode. Is this normal? Other than that, the car seems extremely solid.

I would sayu that this is not normal. My wife has a 2009 Cooper S Auto and all gear changes in Auto or Sports are smooth.

If I were you, I would have the gearbox checked over before the problem becomes even more serious.
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Gearbox oil level, has that been checked its up to the mark as that seems critical in the correct operation of auto transmissions?
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In non sport mode My 2012 auto up shifts much earlier than a typical manual driver would shift. First to second from a standing start can happen within a car length and feel almost like the car missed a gear. In sport mode it holds the current gear longer when downshifting. Depending on what I expected the car to do, this can sometimes can be felt as abnormal but I think this is just how the software works.

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My 07 MCSa is pretty smooth in the gearshifts. It is much more aggressive in sports mode so you actually feel the gear-changes. It will also downshift much more aggressively as it tries to keep the revs high.

Also bear in mind, it will select 1st gear only if you actually stop, not in downshifting. Also when in sports mode with manual override it will never select 1st gear on itself. It will only go down to 2nd. I don't know why, but I heard some Ford's do that as well and it was an emission issue... Maybe they changed the behaviour in later vehicles, I do know they changes the ECU in 08 models (not just the software).
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Thanks for all the input. I'll just take it to the shop while its still under a one year warranty and have them check it out. You guys are great!
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i have a friend that owns a transmission repair shop

he absolutly loves "lifetime" fluid ... it keeps him in business

he says "lifetime" means "lifetime of the warranty"

he strongly recommends fluid changes every 3 years or 30,000 miles, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST

my guess is your 2008 has the original fluid in it ... get it changed now!

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