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As the header says the old girl ( '99 ) is hesitant on kickdown, approx 2 to 3 seconds before she starts to move and then its like sitting in an aircraft on take off - everything pressed into the seat.
She has always been like that and because I had never driven an automatic before thought this to be quite normal, although to anticipate other drivers moves 2 to 3 seconds in advance takes quite a bit of doing and has on more than one occasion become a little hairy - especially the vehicles that appear to have malfunctioning indicators, that suddenly appear in front of you from the left !.
Speaking to my local garage, it was suggested that I took the car to an automatic gearbox specialist to have a change of oil in the box. Given the cars age and 75K on the clock, I think it is advice well taking.

My main concern is , if it aint the oil that needs changing - what else could the problem be ?.

Anyone else had this problem ?. All suggestions gratefully received.

I've had all the usual problems and sorted them - front and rear window motor devices, expansion bottle, wheel bearings, ball joints plus numerous other items that I forget - is this one more of the '99 legacy ?.

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John
 

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My main concern is , if it aint the oil that needs changing - what else could the problem be ?.
Many thanks for your really quick and reassuring replies. I will have the oil changed and drive in ' S-mode '.
The 2/3 second delay in acceleration was timed by my son - I shouted 'now' when kicking down and he stopped timing when he felt the acceleration lurch - a little heath robinson but functional.

I will post a reply/update when completed - just in case it may be anything else other than the ecu's talking to each other.

Typical feline - 'I'll do it, but in my time '

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djdex said:
hit the S button first or be slightly more gentle on the throttle, when you're slightly more gentle it seems to change down more quickly then you can press harder.
Just had to try the Sports button/kickdown and the 'more gentle approach', well I've just scorched the local motorway - up to ninety before I realised it ( momentarily ). I soon slowed down, as I don't want to upset the local constabulary - the road, I hasten to add was absolutely clear of cars. Well it was when I accelerated, within seconds I was approaching a whole stream of them. :)
Nice to know there's power when you need it.
 

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dr bob said:
i think it's just the settings of the autobox that causes the delay. there was always a delay in kickdown on my old '99 V6, and tbh i never really felt that the sport button made any difference . /quote]

I agree with the above that the sports mode makes no difference to the delay in kickdown and achieving mach 1.
Equally, I am lead to believe that the act of kicking down negates the sports mode temporarily until the manoevre has been completed.
A gentle pressure achieves the most responsive kickdown rather than a 'stab' at the throttle IMO.
 
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