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Downshifting in an automatic: is it bad for the car? I occasionally do it to slow down when I don't want to hit the brakes. I have seen some people who adamantly insist that the practice is bad for the engine/tranny; others swear no harm since the engine/tranny is built to take it.


The vehicle involved is a 1999 V6 Firebird. I'll be picking uo my 2002 Firehawk in a week or so, and it's also an automatic. I grew up on manual shift VWs and downshifted all the time. In the three years I've had the 'Bird, I haven't noted any problems from this practice.

I appreciate the feedback!

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