I have a '94 318 is automatic. When I go up a steep hill I am always in Drive, but I tried 3rd gear yesterday and it seemes I had more power--should I use 3rd for steep hills. Also, I know when you have an automatic most people keep it in Drive all the time but technically what driving scenarios are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd used for in an automatic.
usually thats why they had those gears there, steep hill gear is usually the 2nd gear, but depending on speed you can use 3rd gear,, the obvious reason that you felt more power is because the engine holds a higher RPM, where the power is, instead of changing into a higher gear and bogging the car.
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