I too have an automatic too, and I do this all the time...in fact, this is how i drive. I figure its some sort of envy of those stick drivers, but my car is in such perfect condition, that I can't find myself getting rid of it and risking getting a stick in not so great condition. Anyway, what we mean by shifting is this: the order on the gear thing is P R N D 3 2 1. The owners manual says something along the lines of using 1 and 2 for hill climbing and such, and 3 for "3-4-3" traffic, which is like when your driving down main street, and your car, depending on the speed and such, keeps going from 3rd to 4th, and dropping down to 3rd...its very annoying and all automatics do it. So to stop that, you just keep it in 3rd. So that you have a better idea of why we do this, it works like this. When you drive your car in D all the time, the gears change at about 2500 rpm or some sucky point. So if you're trying to do something quick, or go around someone, you never really get any power because the gears change at such low rpm's. Instead, what I do and I guess others do is this. If we're stopped, we bring it down to 1. Then we accelerate until we feel like going to second, then third, then D. I find that i get the most power out of my car between 3000 and 4500 rpm, but since driving it in D won't let us get to such high rpm's, we do it ourselves. Sometimes, for example, you're on the freeway, and your going pretty slow because someone is slowly driving in front of you. Well, then you can bring it back down to 2 and you get a nice kick...the car takes off on you like a Concord. This, i'm sure, is more than probably not good for the transmission, but it feels damn good. Also, in 1, if you redline it, it will kick up to 2, even if you keep it in 1. Its some sort of safety thing, which makes sense. And if you're in D and want to take it down to 3, but you accidently skip it and go straight to 2 or 1 (maybe you're running from the cops or your ex-girlfriend) if the rpm is redline in 2 or 1, it will only go down to 3. So in other words, you can learn how to drive you're car in a similar fashion to that of the steptronic, although its nothing like it at all.