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Pointer shows what gear you are in. Both in automatic and manual.

In automatic when you first push the down shift button nothing changes. Second button push puts you in 5th then each button push moves you to a lower gear (if you are not going to fast for that gear).

Going back up each button push moves you up a gear. If you want to go back to fully automatic just holding the button down will get you back to automatic without going through the gears.
That's correct. It's useful if you want to keep it from shifting into 6 gear and lugging while running around town.
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If you want to go back to fully automatic just holding the button down will get you back to automatic without going through the gears.
Thanks never thought of trying that. Great tip!

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Don't have my Transit yet so trying to summarize what has been said:

In a standard Transit (no T/H mode) in D going down a hill the torque converter will not look up, you will coast. If you manually shift to 5 or 4 or any other gear the converter will lock up and you will have engine braking going down the hill. Also, just driving, in D if you get of the gas you coast. In any manually selected gear if you get of the gas you get engine braking.

If you have T/H mode and it is OFF the above is what happens. If you turn it on and you are in D going down a hill the converter is locked and you get engine braking in 6. If you touch the brakes is auto downshifts a gear and you get engine braking in 5, and so on down the gears. If you manually shift to 5 T/H is turned off and it acts as a standard Transit.

Also in D with T/H on shift points move to the torque peak rather than economy peak reducing the number of shifts.

Is this correct?
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I believe what you say is correct. I use the T/H when going down long hills and just tap the brake to get engine braking. With each tap of the brake it drops a gear. Maintains speed very well. I also use the manual shift for shorter hills and normally do not have to use the brake. I just watch the tach and shift down at 2000 rpm and engine will not go over 3000 on the down shift. I have the 3.31 LS rear so engine rpm is low for the speeds I travel. At 70, engine rpm is 1900. I have changed the tires to LT225/75R16 so have lowered the engine rpm for any speed. I am very happy with my engine, transmission and rear end selections. Lots of power, good fuel economy.
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