If you say "thats the way it is" I have to believe you all. I live in a lightly hilled valley. 90% of the hills here are good for 30-40 mph. My smart WILL NOT leave gear 2 until well over a hill in auto. These tranny's are supposed to be smart, and not damage itself, but man the thing revs like it will blow apart. I've been noticing it because in the last year or so I got a bit lazy and use auto alot more. I used to drive only by paddle, but I found that with the radio up high, I wasn't paying attention to my shifting. LOL So now every hill I come to I have to switch to paddle, drive up the hill just fine in 3rd, even 4th and then remember to either keep paddling or switch it back. PITA! I should just paddle it it's so irritating. Any words from you higher ups? Thanks!