I have a 1994 318is Automatic (118k Miles). When I want more power and speed (since it is a 4 cylinder) I sometimes rev it up to almost 4000 rpms before it switches gears. Is this bad for the car? Ami working the engine too hard? Or is this normal? Also, as far as the car automatically switching gears, at what rpm does it normally shift at on an automatic? 3000? 3500? 4000?
Originally posted by docrobot@Aug 11 2004, 12:55 AM
I hit the 6,250 redline in my 125,000 mile 325i DAILY in first and second gear. I mean, look at my avatar on the left to get the idea!
If you only rev to 4,000, then consider trading your Bimmer in for a lesser / slower vehicle...
1st and 2nd gear wow...
any way... forgot to tell ya, my 318 has 154,678 miles on it. Once it has warmed up I don't feel bad at all runing it all the way up to red line, whether I need to or not. Passing in 4th or even 3rd gear doesn't bother me at all. In fact I toped out 4t the other day on the only windy part of the interstate in jackson MS, really great fun couple turns, some of the sharpest I've ever seen on an interstate. Maintianed 5,700+rpms in 4th for around a minute and def got it up into the red just a little, but no worries. Like I said before I'd be more worried about your auto tranny.
I drive a 5 speed and I rev the piss out of it! For instant power I like to be in the power band up above 3,500. I usually shift around 4gs when I am just going somewhere but when I am really hauling ass I will rap it all the way up....
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