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What is an S3 light in a Honda Prelude?


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Answered 2011-10-20 20:36:47

It seems the s3 light is an electronic overdrive,when 2nd gear is engaged and the button at front of gear change shifter is pressed it lowers the revs for quieter cruising,when the button is pressed again and the s3 light goes out you'll see the revs lower for faster acceleration

The S3/S4 lights in the gear indicator sequence mean the car is equipped with a semi-manual shift option, based on Porsche's Tiptronic(R) design. It allows the driver to choose to downshift (for rapid acceleration as in passing or whatnot) by pressing the trigger on the front of the shifter, in order to increase speed quickly. It is programmed with an "idiot-proof" override - if you don't shift when the computer knows you need to it will upshift for you, that way you can't fry the tranny by revving too high. Honda's version goes by the names: iShift, S-matic, MultiMatic. There's a good description on Wikipedia - see Tiptronic. It's meant to increase the fun and allow the driver some of the joy of "manual" transmission without the clutch pedal and decision making of full manual.

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