Originally Posted by richhop25
I have a driveway with an incline (about 6%). I was backing into it the first time with the Solera and the engine had to rev to over 3K rpm's to pull itself in. I was surprised it was so sluggish in reverse. I wondered if it would go in at all. Has anyone had similar sluggishness while backing up hill.
That doesn't seem right to me. I would research the tranny. A diesel needs a low stall torque converter. I had a low stall TC behind a high output big block Chevy to use the torque for four wheeling.
Extensive backing at 3000 rpm's at slow speeds can't be good.
BTW, reverse gear may or may not be lower. Ford's pride and joy SD tranny has a lower first gear than reverse.