Originally Posted by MatFromPoland
if you have AT (Automatic transmission) :
1. do you change shift gear from D to 3 when towing on hills or modern AT can manage it (on D position) without any problem ?
2. When pull out from the Sea
- do you turn off ESP
- change gear to 1
(this point was some advice from more experience "boater" than me)
30 year old 3.5EFi Range Rover with ZF autobox. No ABS, traction control or anything else electrickery.
If the box can't make it's mind up or for a particular situation I'll select what gear I want. Same for going down steep hills - for the hill into the village where the usual harbour is I descend in low box as there's a 90 degree bend at the bottom & getting there with fading brakes wouldn't be a good idea.
Reversing trailer into harbour low box 1st with difflock engaged - it's a steep slip & you can slide when it's wet, although you'll stop when the boat hits the water.
Recovery the same.
Whilst you can just stick an autobox into 'D' you miss a lot of their capability.
As far as Land Rovers are concerned the autos are very popular for serious offroading as they are virtually unstallable - bought my eldest one of the 'Red letter' type days offroad training & the school vehicles were both TDi Disco autos.
My first auto was a Mini Clubman (1972) & that had 1,2,3,4 selectable. For traffic light drag racing it was just about unbeatable - I WAS in my late teens!