For the first little while I had my car I noticed being forced to shift from 1->4 quite a lot. I never paid attention to the LCD in the dash but noticed something flickering.
Now, I notice that sometimes that 1->4 message shows up but I can still shift to 2, 3 etc,. and the message disappears. Since watching the LCD screen I haven't noticed being forced to 4. Has my transmission given up on forcing me to go to 4? Or is that normal?
The latter is normal on my car. If I see the 1-4 message I just wait a second long or keep accelerating, once the message is gone I can shift however I want.