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      01-05-2013, 06:14 PM   #6
United Kingdom

Drives: X3 3.0D M Sport, Alpine White
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Portsmouth, UK

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I use Manual Mode when I am towing a caravan. It allows me to save fuel by engaging a higher gear than the auto box would use. Plenty of engine torque but I am not interested in acceleration.

It is not quite manual gearbox as you normally don't have to change down a gear as you appoach a junction etc. (The box still changes down to protect itself from the driver). The driver only has to change up.

As said above - deliberately changing down is also useful when going downhill with a caravan - simple engine braking.