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#1 (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 01:12 PM
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What is difference between D and D-3 gear?

I would like to know the difference between D and D-3 gear in RAV4 automatic vehicle?
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#2 (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 01:48 PM
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D is normal Drive where the transmission will cycle through all 4 gears when driving. D3 is exactly the same but will only cycle through 1st to 3rd gear and will not go into 4th. Oh and your sidebar says you have a V4. The Rav4 is not a V4, but an I4 engine.
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I think D3 uses more engine braking and goes up only to 3rd gear

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wing_woo explained it really well and is correct. I use D3 or D2 (for more torque and engine braking) when I am driving on hilly or mountain roads with inclines and declines.
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