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Old 31st July 2008, 22:09   #1
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Default Gear levers - Shifting pattern, positioning

I haven't been in (or) driven a Mahindra Scorpio.Scorpio's gear lever angle is somewhat out-of-normal (i have seen pictures of the SUV)and the reviews I read about Scorpio in auto magazines and in the forums don't really lament about the gear lever position.

Shouldn't have Mahindra made the gear lever knob (atleast) orient towards near-vertical at Neutral position?

So how do you(if you have driven it) feel shifting in a Scorpio - vague or normal ? Just curious to know as many people don't like the gear lever design of TATA sumo Grande !

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Old 31st July 2008, 22:12   #2
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Default Gear shifting pattern in foriegn and indian cars

How does one move the gear lever in opel astra for selecting different ratios? I have travelled in this car when I was a Kid and didn't remember/observe the gear shift pattern.See the attached picture.I know the standard japanese H-pattern.

my guess will be
1st gear - straight up from N
2nd gear - straight down from N
3rd gear - right ,up,from N
4th gear - left , down ,from N
5th gear - up,right,up from 4th(only possible from 4th ?)
R gear - left,up,from N

Hope I have not ruined the gearbox !
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I found the Scorpio's gear shift a pain during the TD.
Probably you get used it it as you continue driving.
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I found the Scorpio's gear shift a pain during the TD.
Probably you get used it it as you continue driving.
I did too, but the salesman attributed the stiffness to a brand new gearbox. I have driven older Scorpios, and have found shifting pretty painless. Takes a while to get used to the gearshift though, especially if you are used to driving a sedan with a short, slick gear throw.
Regarding the positioning of the lever, yes, it's about 5-10 degrees "rotated anticlockwise" if you get what I'm talking about. For example, third gear isn't straight up like in most cars, but is up and slightly to the left. Again, you get used to it soon.
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But the question remains why?

Is it that Mahindra thinks this would make some sort of distinct distinguishing feature on Scorpio - something that owners can boast about?

Or is it that they dont think it is important to give a comfy-at-first-go gear shift?
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