The hold button allows you to manually select gears. When hold is activated, D becomes 3rd gear, S becomes 2nd and L becomes 1st. You can use it to manually downshift, or start off in 2nd or 3rd (this puts more strain on the tranny though, so if you do, throttle it gently) if it's snowy out or something. Just a warning, dont ever downshift into first unless you're almost at a complete stop otherwise it'll slam and it's not good for the tranny at all.
it's more handy for tackling the twisties or autocrossing. I used it a lot when I had my '89 LX. Even for normal driving, I'd use it to downshift instead of pushing the gas until the tranny decided to. You can run it straight to redline but there really is little benefit since the 2.2 runs out of steam just shy of redline. There's a lot of tricks to the system, but once you get used to how it works you'll like it. Just be gentle.
Hi, I' m a Mazda 626 2.2 1991 non turbo car owner, and automatic. I read the comments for Hold system but i do not understand how to use it optimum. You said that is used for shifting it manually(D, S, L), but i can not shift manual a automatic gear, because that's the purpose - automatic.
For now, i use hold and shifted in D, but is starting/going very slowly.
Many people said that hold system is for "economy drive", but i don't believe it(eat the same: 16 liters/100km). Well, my car manual is in deutsch language and i don't understand anything about Hold System.
Please, can i get something more clearly?
Help please, i' m feeling that i kill the car by using it not properly.
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