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3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.

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Old 03-06-2009, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Forgive my ignorance....but can someone tell me what revs my 2001 318Ci will safely do in each gear without me doing any damage,,a friend who runs an MR2 turbo says they shouldn't be rev'd any higher than 4500 in each gear ...does'nt sound true to me as the engines surely should be able to take more than that ?? thats why i am asking members as a MR2 driver wont know anything about Bmw's.and can anyone suggest ways of getting a few more horses out of it please
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no car should be shifted past 5 grand but im my 325i auto itll shift close to 6500 if you punch it hard enough if you know how to drive a stick you can tell when to shift by listening not by the rpms i dont look at those in any car i drive lol
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Revs and shift points PLEEEEEEEEEEZE!

Your car has a tachometer in it for a reason. Essentially the tachometer is an engine speed indicator. On your tach, you will find a point where the numbers and grid turn red. This is understandably known as the red line which indicates the engine speed which should not be exceeded in any gear. The engineers who designed your engine KNOW what speed your engine is safe to run at (as opposed to self-appointed experts who THINK they know "by feel").

That having been said, your engine can safely be run at speeds up to the red line. Understand that the higher the engine speed, the more accelerated the wear on the internal components of said engine.

Hope this helps.
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