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I have a 328IS. Every time i shift from first gear to second, the car gives a push forward. I usually shift when the RPM's are around 3000. Is this too soon??? I have notice that if i wait until 4000 RPM's it is a bit smoother but im afraid to have the RPM's that high every time i take off. Is that bad for the car?
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when its cold try and shift when the rpms are lower...but once the car is warmed up its really up to you

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yeah try to keep it under 4k before the engine is up to the right temp. in normal driving, shifting at real low rpms (2-2.5k) usually gives you the smoothest ride, but if you ever need some good power (for making a yellow or passing) its good to be over 3500 and probably shifting around 5k
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