Originally Posted by Zelfiris
Hi BDSL, maybe you can educate me. What year is your IS?
I had no intentions of pushing in 4th gear. What I'm saying is, when I was a dead stop (e.g. stop sign) on Power Mode, the IS lowest starting gear is actually on 4th. The salesperson told me it starts at 4th in case people screw up shifting or over revving. I was blown away by that explanation. He then told me I can manually downshift back to 1st when I'm at a full stop then shift all the way back up to 6th .. which is ridiculous.
Note: It was a 2010 IS250 AWD
the sales is a f***ing idiot
that is not a "shifter", it's a gear limiter
it's a 6spd auto, so your gear would go 1-2-3-4-5-6
when you put it to the LEFT, it automatically drop to 4, so your gear would go 1-2-3-4
you can still "shift" the **** up and down to limit the highest gear
you're NOT SHIFTING, and you're NOT TELLING THE COMPUTER TO SHIFT EITHER
you're just SETTING/LIMITING THE TOP GEAR, while the car is still in AUTO
i don't see any reason why Lexus would design to limit top gear to "4" when you move the shifter to the "left" in "s" mode
only explanation would be when you're on the hwy and wanna overtake somebody, you just pop it to the left and WOT
the PWR mode is a little more throttle response and apparently is better for the transmission because it shifts a little faster and more smoothly
but if you were to floor it in PWR mode, it will shift at about 6250rpm while NORMAL mode shifts are 6500rpm, so from a dead stop NORMAL mode is faster