What is the M on my gear shift (which goes up and to the left from Drive)? What does it do?

Asked by May 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM about the 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible

Question type: General

There is Park, Neutral, 2, 1 and Drive and over to the Left is an "M".  The
question is what is it for?

3 Answers


Manual mode of shifting Automatic transmission.

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Okay. Maybe because I am a girl! What is it for or why and when would I use it?


If you want to play shiftier it allows you to manually select a gear. an example when accelerating (to pass a vehicle) you could reach over then pull down into a lower gear for passing, holding in that gear until you upshift... Really theres no need to manual shift an automatic unless you want to pretend you're A BOY RACER ! Regards

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