So I've tried to look around on google about this but can't really find anything in regards to what I'm wanting to know. The question at hand is with the manual setting of my trans (I have an automatic 1.4L turbo), when it is manual mode, can I drive it as I would a manual? I'm talking in terms of rpms and shifting. I know the auto trans usually shifts around 2500 rpms and unfortunately downshifts itself at 1500 by itself (which I hate). But if I take the rpms higher in range before shifting or leave it in manual mode for long periods of time, will any harm be done to the trans? Really the only thing I have found on the internet about the manual mode is using it for slippery roads to shift into 2nd from a dead stop to avoid tire spin, or using it to downshift down hill to avoid using the brakes as much. But being that the car is kind of a sporty car I would like to every now and then use the manual setting as if I was driving a manual car. I have noticed too that it makes it easier to merge onto a highway in manual being as I can keep the rpms higher when merging. I guess my main concern is if there will be any premature damage done to the trans if I use that setting too much.