Not sure what the lecture is for here.
Your point: The adaptive tables are there to learn how to tune itself for the physical parameters of that particular unit.
On a new car test drive, your point is that all of that has already happened?
Talk about over reacting...
Sorry if it seemed an over reaction, but when things get repeated often enough, and they're wrong, it becomes almost impossible to find the real information when you're looking for it.
As far as a new car test drive. 'Most' of the adapting is as set from the factory. Identical (well, as identical as anything could be these days), factory built units, are all programmed with set values that 'should' be the same (or close enough), or through some secret sauce method if they happen to test components before assembly and add that into the calibration (Doubtful, that's a lot of testing). Minor adjustments take place during the first bit of driving and then through the life of the unit as things like clutch wear and seal deterioration start happening.
When people do a manual reset, that's when you have to go through the many step relearn process, since you're wiping out all of that initial information and any information it has gathered as the unit wears.
Main point is as you stated, the unit adjusting to itself and not the driver.
The 10R80 (and probably the 10R60 since they're close cousins) can still be a picky beast. @meep
has not really been completely satisfied with his, while mine has been pretty much spot-on since I've owned it. Hard to say why, but there's lots of them out there and they seem to be hanging in there in normal use. Don't know about the Raptor guys and people that beat on them though. And even though mine has been really good, it still will do some dim-witted stuff every now and then, especially if you're having to slam on brakes to avoid something. It will get itself all confused and bang a few downshifts, but I've only had that happen maybe twice in 33k.
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And since this is BITOG, I don't think I have to say that I think the Ford recommended 150k service is complete and utter BS. Please change the fluid out long before then if you have one. I don't think anything good can come from waiting that long.