Rodeo Automatic Downshift on Downhills

Is there some way to defeat the downhill holdback "feature?"
I have a 2001 Rodeo with a 3.2 and automatic (naturally).
Tom - Vista, CA - U.S.A.

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Our 2002 Trooper with the 3.5 has the same "feature"...I'm not too fond of it! Fine for someone who isn't bright enough to downshift on a steep grade I suppose. But not that great when I'm cruising down a hill and it downshifts when I want it to keep rolling!
As I type this and think, I may actually have an answer. Try turning on the "power drive" button - assuming the Rodeo has one. I've gotten to where I just leave the Trooper in "power drive" all the time - it is much more responsive...otherwise it upshifts too soon and won't downshift quickly enough for reasonable driving. If you go easy on it, it will probably shift about the same anyway. But...I say all that to say that I don't remember it doing that downshift in quite a while...could be the "power drive" disables it.
Otherwise, the trick I found was to just barely keep your foot on the gas. If you're giving it any gas at all, it won't downshift. Of course depending on the grade, that might not be an option...!
Wesley

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Wesley wrote:

Great information I'll try it. Thank you!
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