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Just interested in when people change gears in normal driving, and what is optimal for the car.

Ie I change in normal traffic, non racing, at around 2200rpm.

The reason I asked because the nutter before me (a pilot in Germany), drove the car with gear changes at 4-5000rpm ALL the time. Probably one of the reasons I had a newer replacement engine!

Just wanted your opinions/input on different reasons for when and/or why you change gears at certain revs, and what is supposed to be optimal for our cars?

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J
 

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About 3000-3500rpm, unless I'm is a hooning mood, or on track!
 

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I'm changing at around 4000 most of the time unless I'm really giving it big potatoes!!!!

However, i do mostly motorway miles, so once its in 5th, it generally stays there.

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Must admit i'm probably at around 4,000 RPM minimum, but often about 6,000+ RPM i'd say - luckily the roads up here are pretty empty...!!!
 

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I often change 2500~3000 rpm
 

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:M5rev: For the 3.8 engine 2700 rpm (plus/minus 500) is perfect.
Highway 4000 in 5th = 160 km/h daily commute.

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:M5rev: For the 3.8 engine 2700 rpm (plus/minus 500) is perfect.
Highway 4000 in 5th = 160 km/h good for daily commute.

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Around town, normally below 1500rpm, seriously...

Generally keeping it below 2500 unless I am playing
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2000 (ish) in town /urban areas, never over 3000 before oil temp is on the move, usually 4-5000 thereafter, very rarely exceed 6500 even when there's nothing about.
Worth remembering that it mention's in the handbook that if driving in traffic / low
rpm's, you should drive over 3000rpm for a period to clear the gases/soot from the engine.

Phil.
 
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