Do a search, this comes up so many times. Just in case you don't find an answer, don't be shifting it like a manual. It's not a manual, it's an auto, let the computer shift for you. If you floor your car, it is programmed to redline every gear, you shifting it yourself is only going to make the car hesitate and slow you down. You bought an auto, if you wanted to shift like a manual you should have bought a manual.
i have a freind that bought a ford probe gt when it was new and he was told the same thing in his manual and by the salesmen he dropped the tranny in a month-n-half no matter what it is alwalys going to be an automatic.
should have bought a stick!!!
Where in the hell does it say its ok in the Manual? You're misconstruing something, read it again, then quote it here bud. Don't do it. Well if you do, when you ruin your tranny, at least swap it out and learn how do drive a real transmission.
And shifting like a man would be with a manual, shifting with that automatic is shifting like a retard.
Engien braking is always a bad idea extra rpms and no real added fuel = not good, i may not be a mechanic, but there are reasons for not doing it, brakes and rotors are cheaper then engines. As far as dumping it from d3 to four, it really wears a tranny out. I've been manually shifting my tranny for a little over a year, but just to d3, never any lower. I know it has taken a toll to the poor car, but it keeps going solid. The fact is it is something that shouldn't be done often.
As far as starting in d1, and shifting your way up, I do have a differnet opinion on that. But how often are you goign to find a good race in an automatic withut Forced Induction, or something extra in it to make it really go. I jsut don't find it fun at all to race a grandmother in an SUV or a giant boat and loose. I do like bracket racing though, the auto is more consistant provided you don't touch it and leave it in d3 when you run.