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#1 (permalink) Old 06-13-2004, 01:28 PM
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i've been driving for quite sometime. it has been manual for the most part. i was just wondering used if there is a right speed range to change gears from 1st to 2nd and onwards.

does our timing in changing gears in any way affect our cars' performance (mpg, cat getting soaked, tranny, etc)?

what are your thoughts?
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good question!!, ive got a 325se, i tend to change gears when i get to 5000rpm when trying to drive fast, trying being the word!!!!, what do everyone else do?

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i notice u say u use bosh 4 plugs, did it make much improvement?

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I shift between 3-4.

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For a good gas mileage you should shift early to a higher gear. I normally shift at 3.5k

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bosch plugs dont do anyhting special, they just last longer

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normal driving i shift at around 3500

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If I'm trying to be economical I shift at about 2500. If I shift anywhere above that to 3500 it's a really uncomfotable ride cause of the torque curve bogging down. I just watch my little mpg gauge and when it starts going down I'll shift. But this also means I shift a ton around town.

I'm ussually in 4th gear at 25-30.

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Auto. I don't get much choice cause I'm too lazy and don't like the manual mode.

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between 2500 and 3000, and if I'm cruising, at around 35 or 40, I'll be in 5th gear to save gas.
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between 2500 and 3000, and if I'm cruising, at around 35 or 40, I'll be in 5th gear to save gas.
35 or 40 mph, and you're in 5th gear? Good for fuel economy, sure. But doesn't that "drag" the vehicle? You must be doing about 1200 - 1500 RPMS at that setting... don't you worry about the RPMs being too LOW ?

Shifting: 2.5k cold, 3k warm.

If I have a worry, it's that my spark plugs will get carboned up sooner, since I don't drive that much, and when I do, I never see more than about 4k RPMS.... For optimum life expectancy for the car, I should probably change my habits.
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If you want the most performance out of the car, you should always shift at the RPM's peak power, usually at 6000RPM, mine is at 6500RPM.

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For performance, yes. I prefer the best gas milage and longevity of the car. But that's just me.
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It's sad that people think taking the car to 6500 is going to destroy it. It's well within the manufacturers specs. It was MADE to rev to 6500.

Driving around at 6500 all the time will wear the engine a little faster and also kill gas mileage. But running it up to redline when you take an on ramp (or off ramp ) isn't hurting the car at all.

I find that my car runs the best between 4500-6500 while I'm on the track. It likes to rev high (because that's where the peak hp is)

Now, with that said, running your car against the rev limiter is BAD. If it stutters a little bit you're not going to hurt anything, but if you just keep your foot in it against the rev limiter crap is going to start braking.

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P.S. For your people in the 325s that shift at 3k, isn't it a bit jerky? Well you probably don't have a '92. But my car gets really jerky if you shift at 3k because it's right where power starts picking up significantly. Then again, I do have different cams than you guys.

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