Found what I vaguely recalled:Have a read through your owner's manual. I'm sure I've read of some user selectable setting that causes that to happen - for low traction conditions to help avoid wheel spin. It might be related.
I don't know if that info is any use?3 or 2
Use this position to provide extra power when climbing hills, or to provide engine braking when going down hills.
In this position, if the Power mode selector switch is turned to the "P" position, the transmission will not downshift into "L" (Low)
As far as I know all the XL-7s had a single PCM (Powertrain Control Module) that handles engine, auto transmission & 4WD control - some early Grand Vitaras had the functions separated, but this may have varied with the market they were built for.Since I do not own a Automatic its hard for me to offer any real help but I am pretty certain that the Auto trans has a seperate ECU called the Transmission Control Unit..
Magnat007, Due to those others who said they could fix the issues i'm having with my Suzuki and thier not being able to fix them once i had it towed to them, i am forced to take the matter in my own hands, or leave it sitting on thier lots. I took it for a short spin, the auto starts out in 4th, but can be pulled into 3rd by the shifter, it has reverse, so i'm missing 1st,2nd,and5th. I have bbeen trying to find an expanded illustration and wiring diagram of the trans. I am wondering if these group of gears are related through a common electric connection, or perhaps a common pump that may have been damaged in the motor change. Also on the bottom of the bellhousing there is a bracket with about a 10mm diameter bolt that has nothing mounted to it, yet there is a clean section of threads as though something was mounted there. Since Suzuki has pulled out of the states here, the local dealer is not helpfull, and in fact Quite rude.