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    That Cursed Shift Light

    I've had my '13 Eco 6MT for a couple of months and a little over 4,000 miles. I really like the car - it accomplished my main goal to get an economical daily driver. It's been completely trouble free, it's comfortable and really is a great car.

    I have 1 issue - I HATE THE SHIFT LIGHT!

    Other members have commented that they don't see it often, if at all. I'm in heavy traffic regularly and see way too much of it. It's certainly not a huge issue, but I'd sure love to be rid of it. I'm not mentally capable of just ignoring it, which would be an excellent solution.

    So, short of a tune, is there some way to eliminate it? I'd be happy to pay the dealer, or maybe somebody with HP Tuner to kill it.

    Thoughts?

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    It took me a few days to realize it even had one. I hardly look at the dash, I just go by the sound of the engine. There may be a way to kill it though. Id contact one of the tune designers.

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    About the only time I see mine is when I've completed accelerating and know that I'm about to start up a hill that is steeper than the next gear will handle at my current speed. This is even in rush hour traffic.

    2012 ECO MT - Black Granite/Cloth; 814 mile range; Bluetooth Stereo AUX; OEM Fogs w/Chrome Covers; GM Spare tire; VG Shark Fin
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    So, short of a tune, is there some way to eliminate it? I'd be happy to pay the dealer, or maybe somebody with HP Tuner to kill it.

    The tune will not eliminate the shift light it will just give you more power. Short of taking the dash apart and removing the bulb, you cannot do anythin about it. It is designed for people that do not know when to shift. What is the big deal just ignore it. I always do.

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    The dealer can deactivate it with a tool. Just ask about it next time you have it in for service.

    Yeah, it's freaking annoying. Wants me to be in 6th at 33 mph. Just...no. 6th gear is at 40. Shut up, car.
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    I had one of these in my Fiero GT. I found it useful when driving on Peterson AFB because if I was in 3rd gear the light would come on at 2 MPH over the base's posted speed limit. Kept me from getting speeding tickets on base.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jblackburn View Post
    The dealer can deactivate it with a tool. Just ask about it next time you have it in for service.

    Yeah, it's freaking annoying. Wants me to be in 6th at 33 mph. Just...no. 6th gear is at 40. Shut up, car.
    That would put my ECO MT RPMs below engine idle. At idle, if I'm in 6th gear I'm tooling along at 34-35. If your shift light is triggering below 1800 RPM something's wrong.

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    2002 Pont Montana AWD (traded for 2012 LS @182K miles)
    1990 Pont Transport (traded for Montana @240K miles)
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    1985 Fiero 2M4 MT (traded for Fiero GT @8K miles)

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    Quote Originally Posted by obermd View Post
    That would put my ECO MT RPMs below engine idle. At idle, if I'm in 6th gear I'm tooling along at 34-35. If your shift light is triggering below 1800 RPM something's wrong.
    It's probably right at 17-1800, but it still feels terrible if you upshift that low into 6th gear and drop it to below 1400 RPM on anything but a downhill. Keep in mind the ratios/final drive on the the LT are different.
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    Is your shift light sensitive to throttle or cruze control virtual throttle pressure? Mine is, so if I'm accelerating or going uphill it won't come on. It only comes on if I'm on flat ground at steady speed. It doesn't come on if I'm changing speed.

    2012 ECO MT - Black Granite/Cloth; 814 mile range; Bluetooth Stereo AUX; OEM Fogs w/Chrome Covers; GM Spare tire; VG Shark Fin
    2010 Mit Lancer GT MT (traded for ECO @31K miles)
    2002 Pont Montana AWD (traded for 2012 LS @182K miles)
    1990 Pont Transport (traded for Montana @240K miles)
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    1985 Fiero 2M4 MT (traded for Fiero GT @8K miles)

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    Quote Originally Posted by obermd View Post
    Is your shift light sensitive to throttle or cruze control virtual throttle pressure? Mine is, so if I'm accelerating or going uphill it won't come on. It only comes on if I'm on flat ground at steady speed. It doesn't come on if I'm changing speed.
    Yep. It's fine in every other gear for the most part but 5th.

    It's still annoying. I don't need the car to try to tell me how to shift. If I'd wanted the car to do what it thinks is best, I would have bought an automatic. So I had my light turned off.
    2012 Cruze 1LT 6M


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