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Hello! I just got a new used Honda Accord Sport 2014 and I noticed when I shift to "S" there are +(plus) and -(minus) on each side of my steering wheel. I was wondering how do these work. Thank you!

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Hello! I just got a new used Honda Accord Sport 2014 and I noticed when I shift to "S" there are +(plus) and -(minus) on each side of my steering wheel. I was wondering how do these work. Thank you!


It's like driving a manual, when you get to 3.5k rpm or so, you have to press the (+) sign towards you and when you slow down or below 3k rmp you have to press the (-) but it's automatically downshift for you if you don't.


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I wish you could leave it in S mode. The cruising RPM is too high.


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Just get a manual gear box !!.....That's the way driving was meant to be. No electronics, just gears
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Just get an OWNER'S manual.....
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MANUAL TRANSMISSION.....GEAR BOX.....6 SPEED.....

So I left out some important words
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Just get a manual gear box !!.....That's the way driving was meant to be. No electronics, just gears
You are correct for the first half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the rest of your car is loaded with computers and electronics. Kind of like watching HD TV in monochrome.
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MANUAL TRANSMISSION.....GEAR BOX.....6 SPEED.....

So I left out some important words
Manuals are fun from what I heard, especially if you have a powerful car.

Well, if OP lives in a place with bad traffic at peak hours, CVT/auto will be a much better option. The sport mode is still good to have if the roads free up and on highways. I always wanted a manual/paddle shift on highways, but when I am driving around uni, I would much prefer a transmission that won't make me curse like a sailor by the time I get out.

And good luck finding a used stick shift car. And even better luck finding one that's not abused so you don't have to replace the clutch soon.

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You are correct for the first half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the rest of your car is loaded with computers and electronics. Kind of like watching HD TV in monochrome.
First off, we are talking about manual transmissions....I agree that the rest of the car is mostly electronics.
Not sure if I'm showing my age, but IMO, most young drivers are lazy or have not learned how to drive a manual trans. It may be the "I'm Entitled to EVERYTHING in the World" attitude, that includes driving in traffic with 2 pedals. STOP n GO, STOP n GO, STOP n GO. Not much to think about or work at and not too complicated.

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First off, we are talking about manual transmissions....I agree that the rest of the car is mostly electronics.
Not sure if I'm showing my age, but IMO, most young drivers are lazy or have not learned how to drive a manual trans. It may be the "I'm Entitled to EVERYTHING in the World" attitude, that includes driving in traffic with 2 pedals. STOP n GO, STOP n GO, STOP n GO. Not much to think about or work at and not too complicated.
To be honest, yes, I am kinda lazy, although I do not have an "I deserve everything" attitude. But at the same time, I much prefer to have the options of choosing between auto and manual. Auto when the traffic is bad or I just feel lazy, manual if I want to have fun. Best of the two worlds.

That said, I will see if I can score a deal on a crappy old manual car to learn how to drive a real manual car. Good life skill to have IMO.

I do want to emphasize on what I said before, though:

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And good luck finding a used stick shift car. And even better luck finding one that's not abused so you don't have to replace the clutch soon.
I would assume you bought your car new, but if you go to any dealerships, you would probably notice the pathetic number of used stick shift cars there. It's not even technically right to say "standard transmission" anymore because you can't have a standard that's less than 5% of the population. When I was looking at my Accord, all the other Accords around me are all auto shifters. The only one that's not is a 2015 6/6 that costs twice of my 8th Gen V6 5AT. Not gonna happen. And most people drive manual cars like spirited driving, so they can all end up in pretty bad shape, too. They just sell them and let the new owner deal with an almost dead clutch.

While I would like to learn it, I would probably figure out what I actually want and not regret after learning how to drive a manual car and living with one for a little bit, rather than making decisions based on my emotions. I don't think judging everyone based on your need is exactly fair because their needs can be different. Maybe OP shares his/her car with someone who can't be bothered to drive a manual, maybe OP lives somewhere with bad traffic. Even if they are lazy, I wouldn't judge it. Everyone has their stories.

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Tap the + when you reach the rev limiter (rpm's don't climb any higher). In city driving, you could probably get away with staying in a single gear (up to 30 or 35 mph, whatever the speed is at redline in 1st).

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Lazy? Entitled? What are you on about its a Accord not a Evo BRZ. there is a reason they not sold in manual often completely different market focus.
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Lazy? Entitled? What are you on about its a Accord not a Evo BRZ. there is a reason they not sold in manual often completely different market focus.
I have no idea what this means. Something must have been lost in Google Translate.
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I have no idea what this means. Something must have been lost in Google Translate.
He just means that just because person driving auto shift cars doesn't mean they are lazy/ feel entitled. Some cars are also not offered in MT options(he's wrong about the Accords, obviously; loads of manual Accord owners here on DA) because people getting them would see MT as a hassle rather than fun.

Yes, I can see how a MT muscle can be fun; even a new I4 Accord can be, but driving an old MT econobox is a completely different story. One of my wealthier friends got a 2015 VW GTI Golf. Obviously, he's not trying to save money, he just prefers the MT. And then there is another friend who inherited some cheap MT car from their parents, and he will tell you how much he hates their car and can't wait to get rid of it. This is why lower end MT cars are dying; their only purpose now is pretty much for people to learn how to drive a MT car.

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Tap the + when you reach the rev limiter (rpm's don't climb any higher). In city driving, you could probably get away with staying in a single gear (up to 30 or 35 mph, whatever the speed is at redline in 1st).
I am not sure about the I4s, but if I floor it on my 8th Gen V6, it would be around 55 km/h(35 MPH) when the car shifts at fuel cutoff, which is just before it hits the redline(that VTAKKKKKKKKK!). I would guess the 1st gears on I4s would go up to 30 MPH, but that's just a guess. In city driving, it's kinda dumb to shift that late, unless it's clear. It's mostly fun on the highways.

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Tap the + when you reach the rev limiter (rpm's don't climb any higher). In city driving, you could probably get away with staying in a single gear (up to 30 or 35 mph, whatever the speed is at redline in 1st).
I think you'll find that the S-mode doesn't really work that well. In the few times I've used S-mode with the paddles, half the time it shifts 1k before redline, whether you like it or not.


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