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Answer IGNORE THE PREVIOUS ANSWER!!!!! YES, YOU MUST LEAVE THE OVERDRIVE IN THE ON POSITION IN YOUR CAR AND THIS IS WHY: The transmission comes with a total of 4 gears including the Overdrive. Releasing the overdrive only restricts the transmission to a 3 gear transmission and therefore does not give you extra power by turning it on (contrary to popular belief). The manufacture reccomends leaving the Overdrive ON for best fuel econimy and performance. Downshifting to second gear again restricts the transmission to a 2 gear transmission (and is therefore not only 2nd gear) and again downshifting to 1st gear restricts the transmission to only one gear or 1st gear. the previous answer is wrong. L8R. - AHEARS.Not if you want to get the best life out of the engine and transmission. The transmission is set up to shift into overdrive whenever possible, to maximize the E.P.A. fuel ratings. However, this results in the engine revolutions per minute being too low for most driving conditions, which leads to carbon deposits in the cylinders, and excessive unburned fuel having to be processed by the environmental controls system. In city, on in hilly terrain, turn the overdrive off. Cruising on the freeway, turn it on.
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