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I am occasionally hitting the gear shift paddles behind the steering wheel accidentally. when I do, the Envision changes from automatic to manual transmission. This is inconvenient, and today almost caused me trouble in heavy traffic. I was in gear 2 trying to go 40 mph. The loud whine the engine made was my clue. This is a 2021 Envision.
Can these paddles be permanently disabled? The paddles on my wife's Enclave do different things and do not cause a problem for me.
 

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I am occasionally hitting the gear shift paddles behind the steering wheel accidentally. when I do, the Envision changes from automatic to manual transmission. This is inconvenient, and today almost caused me trouble in heavy traffic. I was in gear 2 trying to go 40 mph. The loud whine the engine made was my clue. This is a 2021 Envision.
Can these paddles be permanently disabled? The paddles on my wife's Enclave do different things and do not cause a problem for me.
Manual shift mode cannot be permanently disabled. In the situation you outlined, why didn't you just hit the paddle shifter to upshift to the next gear?
 

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Manual shift mode cannot be permanently disabled. In the situation you outlined, why didn't you just hit the paddle shifter to upshift to the next gear?
Well, the shift change caught me by surprise, and it took a few moments to figure out why the engine was acting weird. I eventually figured it out. But in MY OPINION, this is terrible design, especially for Buick owners who would not normally go about shifting gears. I mean, it's an AUTOMATIC shift, idnit? And so the volume controls for the radio are hidden cleverly behind the steering wheel, where you have to feel around and press them to change the volume. Do you get my drift? Easy to accidentally change gears, hard to intentionally change volume. OK, my rant is over. This cannot be disabled. If it weren't for resale value, I'd saw these &^%^$ paddles right off.
 

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I don't know. I have had my 2021 Envision for about a year now. Never happened to me. You are talking about the levers that stick up a bit on the left correct? I have never accidentally hit them. The buttons a little lower are for advancing to the next track on a usb or the next radio station etc. I would think now that you know it should be no problem to learn yourself not to touch them.
 

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I don't know. I have had my 2021 Envision for about a year now. Never happened to me. You are talking about the levers that stick up a bit on the left correct? I have never accidentally hit them. The buttons a little lower are for advancing to the next track on a usb or the next radio station etc. I would think now that you know it should be no problem to learn yourself not to touch them.
Thanks for your comment. I have long fingers. LOL.
 

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So what do you do if you are in traffic and accidentally tap/bump/hit those paddles? Can you lift the "D" drive button on the console (it's above the "M" button) or would that be the wrong thing to do in transit? I've never had a car like this with a "manual" option. Seems like a design flaw to put them in an AWD vehicle to begin with!
 

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I also have a 2021 Avenir with the shift paddles. I actually like having them where they are and have never had an issue with accidently activating them. I do use the paddles to downshift the odd time when coming to an intersection or down a long hill. The vehicle will stay in manual mode for a few seconds and eventually switch back to Drive mode even if you don't do anything.
 
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