I don't want to waste anyone's time. Yours is valuable to me and I appreciate it. If there is a sticky or a knowledge base somewhere I can reference information on this please point me in that direction. I haven't had any luck finding an answer, if one exists.
This is my first 200, is there a way to turn off or disengage the engine braking that occurs when braking going downhill? Example: Traveling down a significant grade, not always mountainous, apply brakes (zero throttle) and car downshifts...every time. Same grade, further down the hill, release brakes fully and apply again, another downshift. Now I'm in 3rd gear clocking well over 3k on the tachometer. I understand the concept of engine braking but have no need for it in my car. I find it highly annoying and very unnecessary for me. My brakes slow me just fine. In fact, it makes it more difficult at times since when it downshifts it "free wheels" and picks up speed between gears. Not a great deal of speed mind you but I'm braking to slow, not speed up...hence my aggravation. Is there some other purpose to this relevant to engine function/performance? I have wrenched on engines under the "shade tree" on and off for 20+ years and never had this problem. Of course, I've never owned a car with as sophisticated a engine/transmission as this either so I may be missing something. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks again everyone for your time!