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.
I am pretty sure this is normal on this car, but I just wanted to be sure.
I have a 2001 325Ci and when I am driving on the highway (at around 130km/h -- standard cruising speed), my RPMs are hovering at almost 4000. This to me seems a little high to be running constantly. This is my first manual car and I guess I've been spoiled with overdrive automatics where I can go 140km/h and still be at around 2300 RPM.
130km/h... that's close to 80mph right? mine is at 3k at the speed. You have an upgraded differential. Most likely it came out of an automatic 3 series. With that you gain acceleration, but you loose economy when cruising... sorry, but that sucks for you
5th gear is good for fuel economy, too. Older cars don't have governors, I think that started in '94 or so, so you can redline in 5th gear. I also upgraded from a Buick POS to a 325. And whether it's an overdrive gear or not, you can still accelerate in it. Overdrive doesn't mean you can't accelerate.
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