I’m trying to learn to use the ‘manual’ (sequential shift) mode on my automatic gearbox to stop the car shifting gears while going up hills or stopping. One problem is that the Gear Stick operates in the opposite direction to anything else I have ever owned.
To shift UP a gear, I have to push the gear stick AWAY from me, FORWARD.
To shift DOWN a gear, I have to pull the gear stick TOWARD me, BACK.
Is this normal for all cars? Normal only for cars from some countries? Normal for a particular manufacturer (GM)?
It is the opposite to the gears on the bicycle I had at at age 13, my motor cycles (toe shift), and the H pattern stick shifts I drove for years, where I pulled back to shift from 1st to 2nd, 3rd to 4th, neutral to 5th. I don’t remember how the column shifts worked.