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Old 10-26-2004, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, i've had my 318 for over 4 months and i love it. For me this car is a good drive in the city, but in the highways, i try not to go faster than 85mph.
WHY? because the car revs really high.
before this car i had an Acura 2.2cl (good car, but not like my beemer) and on the highways i would go 90mph and the car wouldn't rev as high as my 318.

My question is. Is there any type of mod to adjust the torque without affecting the engine/trannys life? (i'm assuming BMW have high end torque and Hondas have low end torque, or the other way around) and if any of you has done it tell me your experience.

I really love my Beemer but cruising on the highway kinda frustrates me revin' up to 4500 (90mph).
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Old 10-26-2004, 05:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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4500 is nothing...BMW's are made for that....if you're talking about 6000 CONSTANTLY...then maybe you'll hurt something...

i remember in my VW Passat...at 4500-5000 that thing would be screamin...sounding like it was gonna pop...

BMW's don't feel that way...well, my 6 cyl. doesn't anyway...
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Man, don't worry about that I've been up to 115 mph in my 318is. You just have to get used to seeing your tach needle up above 4500 I was apprehensive at first too because I had never driven a manual before, naturally I wasn't used to hearing the engine noise.
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Just keep an eye on the oil from time to time Stock 4 cylinder engines are good for short bursts of 6500 - 6800 rpms.
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yah 4500 rpms wont hurt anything, ive driven my 318i back and forth from home to school (1000 miles each way) going above 100 the whole time and i havent had any problems.
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The 318 motor was pretty much made to be revved. If you're really concerned about having high RPM's all the time, you can search for a high speed differential or find a 6 speed conversion for the gear box. Other than that, without doing any engine modifications, you're pretty much stuck.

I drive home from the track 300km's there and back for 4 hours total hours going 180km/h-200km/h doing almost 5000RPM. My motor has 240,000km's on it and it still runs very strong. Bimmers actually liked to be revved. It gets rid of carbon desposits and revs more freely afterwards.

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