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Old 03-02-2011, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Shifter question (overdrive, pics included)

Alright I have a feeling when this one gets answered I am going to hide in shame but "the "R" stands for reverse" I need to ask.
I have been shopping for a used FJ for a about 6 months now and may have finally found one, I took one for a test drive today and am a bit confused.

On the shifter (not exact picture but similar to the one below) there is 4D and once the shifter has gotten to that point you can slide it left or right and on the console, also pictured it displays as 4 or D depending on the selection.

Am I correct in assuming that the D = overdrive on for highway driving?

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Old 03-02-2011, 02:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All your questions on the newb sections are protected from flaming. You are correct in all your assumptions.
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Yup, you've got it. It's a 5 speed automatic transmission.
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Thanks for the input, down to the last $300 margin of the negotiating process before I join the FJ nation.
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congrats, you won't regret it.
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See, when you ask simple questions like that and it gets answered, the other half of us collectively go .... "ooOOhhh.... huh.."

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So, the "D" doesn't stand for Dunce, guess my wife was wrong!
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while were asking newb questions i got one, whats the difference between the 4d-2l compared to the hi-lo on the smaller shifter on an automatic? Every car ive driven had the hi-lo switch below the stereo so im not familiar with this set up. Thanks
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The FJC allows you to use anywhere from one to all five of the forward gears. Most other automatics I have driven, only give you the choice of using first and second, third, or all five. The 4-D you are referring to is two separate gear selections. The 4 position allows the tranny to only go up to 4th gear and not use overdrive with D indicating overdrive (5th gear). The 2-L is the same kinda deal. 2 means that the transmission will use first and second gear but will not go into third or higher. Selecting L will make the tranny stay in first gear not using the other 4 gears.
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Selecting L will make the tranny stay in first gear not using the other 4 gears.
Very handy for steep offroad declines when engine braking is preferred for a slow , controlled decent and no wheel lockups.
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