Either way, for the longest time (dodge changed their website and it doesn't say it anymore) the ES's and R/T's were advertised to have a 4 speed automatic transmission "with overdrive". The base model didn't say that, so one would assume that it didn't really have overdrive. But if mine does actually have overdrive, there must be something different in the ES's and R/T's. If 4th gear is the overdrive gear, why would they say "4 speed with overdrive" on the upscale models and just "4 speed" on the base? Looking at the gear ratios, 4th being at .69 looks like overdrive... so why the confusion in the advertising? Doesn't make sense to me.
Also, moparman, the "3" on the shifter isn't a normal "drive without overdrive" like cars that have a seperate drive selection with a circle around the "D". Shifting into "3" changes the shift times for all gears, not just keeping it from going into 4th. If you're in 4th gear, put it into the "3" selection, it will shift into third, if you're in third, then put it in "3", it will usually go into second, and so on. Low will do the same except go another gear down, or pretty much stay in each gear until the max rpms in each gear is reached... ie: 1st up to ~40, 2nd up to ~75. I'm sure you already know this, but just to put my 2 cents in, "3" isn't the same as the "D" without a circle around it on those types of cars that have the extra drive selection.
[ December 30, 2001: Message edited by: Bart ]