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Old 03-09-2012, 01:25 AM
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

In sport mode the stability control should switch off, hence giving the jeep the ability to be more aggressive in turns etc. The indicator light for this should come on the dash and the computer should also advise the ESC is off.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:07 AM
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

Is stability control completely switched off? I didn't think sport mode touched stability, but traction control is modified (less effect). Traction control is not completely disabled, however.

In theory you get less mpg because the transmission shifts to overdrive at a higher road speed, so you are driving in less optimal mpg conditions longer. In practice not much difference.

If you have the V8, the tow/haul mode will provided even more spirited driving enjoyment.

Sport mode has no effect on suspension stiffness; the only adjustment is ride height and then only for quadra lift (air suspension) equipped vehicles. Any changes in perceived stiffness may be a side effect of the lower ride height. Sport mode does nothing to a non QL suspension.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:44 PM
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

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In sport mode the stability control should switch off, hence giving the jeep the ability to be more aggressive in turns etc. The indicator light for this should come on the dash and the computer should also advise the ESC is off.
It's not totally off
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:46 PM
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

Yes, Coldcase and BuckeyeSRT are correct....The ESC will be altered and the traction control will be off. Thanks for the correction guys
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

Drove in sport mode on a long back country highway to go snowboarding a few weeks back... (no snow on ground though lol, at least not till we got to the resort). Had to pass a guy on the one incoming lane on a two way highway. I had a slow poke in front of me going back home... Felt really good to yell "It's got a HEMI" to a little Volkswagen Beetle (with snowboards on their roof nonetheless) while passing them WOT with the Mopar exhaust and Volant in our ears. I think I broke it in with tuning the computer to my driving style with that pass haha. I think Sport is great and makes for some fun spirited driving on dry sunny days. I also notice a marginal increase in mpg.

As for Sport mode, I always switch to it when it's dry out. When it rains I leave it on auto. When it dumps snow I go to Snow... etc.

I also noticed that, not only can you switch the select-terrain at highway speeds, but it also lowered it into sport mode automatically when I had it on auto at highway speed (was testing it's real auto functionality). That I did not know, if it was known well I know now haha. On top of that my Overland went into OR1 height when it was snowing heavy outside and below 32 degrees out! I wasn't needing to go over mounds of snow so I put her back in her place at normal ride height. That select-terrain sure is a smart fella.
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

My brother has a pretty high position with Chrysler/Jeep. I told him about the different shift points on Auto and Sport and he describes Auto as "Granny" mode, which is a good way to remember the differences. You really have to stomp on the pedal to get rapid acceleration in Auto mode as compared to Sport mode, which is why typically the average driver will get better gas mileage with "granny" or Auto Mode.

I've read the reason Auto mode is the default rather than Sport is so JGC can claim better MPG stats.
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

When driving in the city I think I'll be using Sport mode. The reason is because I noticed the HID headlights aren't as high, thus reducing the amount of highbeaming that I've been getting lately.

There was once a time I was at a stop light and there was this SUV with bright as heck headlights facing me on the other side of the street. The bright light was pretty annoying. I didn't high beam him/her or anything. Well, the stop light turned green and I drove by the vehicle and it turned out to be a new Grand Cherokee. D'oh! So I can see why people are annoyed with my headlights.

The headlights really are lower when in sport mode as opposed to Auto.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:21 PM
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

Once we can tune our Jeeps there will be a way to keep Sport mode on all the time.
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

I'm guessing that towing a trailer would be best done in sport mode?
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

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I'm guessing that towing a trailer would be best done in sport mode?
Tow / Haul Mode
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Tow / Haul Mode
I guess I should have clarified this as V6, tow haul is NA.
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Re: Auto vs Sport Modes

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I guess I should have clarified this as V6, tow haul is NA.
Oh, V6! That I'm not sure of.....auto might be ok for towing with the V6. I guess try the sport mode as well to see.
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