OK, I actually KNOW where the DS mode is. When you move the transmission (gear) from D(rive) to the left Manual gate and keep it in the center, you go into this DS (or Drive Sport) mode.
The car is supposed to go into Manual (M) mode once you start shifting the gear Up or Down. Hence we see (M1 -> M6) on the LCD.
My question is Am I supposed to see the words "Ds" on the LCD screen as the car's manual says? I DON'T see it. I see P->R->N->D on the automatic side. When I move my transmission to the left hand side, I start seeing M(1 to 6) depending on what speed I was just before I moved the transmission. I never see Ds on the LCD.
"Ds" mode is (as I understand) just like automatic gear change expect the fact that the car changes gear after allowing the RPM to be raised a little higher than normal. Thus giving it a more sportier feel and also extracting more torque out of ever gear. This is the "Drive Sport" gear.
So: Why don't I see this gear on my LCD? What am I doing wrong?
Well pretty much if you never shift the car will automatically shift once you get near red line and it will down shift if you come to a stop or if you step on it while going to slow in to high of gear. There is no special mode and the manual mode is not designed to be used like this you are suppose to manually shift each gear. The drive sport mode just describes you being able to manually shift and no longer acting like a CVT and acting more similar to a manual.
As Marksaal pointed out, there actually IS a Ds mode for 2010 Altima.
It is said so in the manual and also in the features DVD (that one gets if you have factory Navigation installed).
They clearly state that Altima will Automatically "change" the gears when in Ds mode. (Give the appearance of gears being changed as they approach redline.)
If we want to have 'total control' of the gears then we actually push the transmission Up or Down (in Manual mode) to shift up or down.
[I know, that CVT never really allows the human to be in TOTAL control of the gear since it always protects itself by ramping up or down to protect itself from being damaged. But it does provide the illusion that the human is in control ]
Can anyone actually confirm if the car goes into (and SHOWS) the Ds mode.
Or is it that the car does go into this Ds mode but does not show it on the LCD. Meaning, if one is going at lets say, 35mph and moves the gear into manual gate (lets say the lcd shows M4), keeps it there (without ramping in up or down), and keeps on accelerating, will it start showing M4->M5->etc. ?
I can't test this on my brand new Altima since I'm still in the engine break-in period.
I just tested it out at lunch (3.5 SR all options)- it indeed does Display Ds on the LCD screen when in Ds mode. Changes to M1-M6 when you start shifting. I drove my errands in this mode but it seemed "weird" to me since I am already used to the CVT. I can upload a picture later.
Also it stays in Ds (on the screen) as the "gears" go up and down - that is, the display does not change to M5 or M6, etc if you keep the shifter in the middle Ds position.
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