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BC
01-12-1999, 06:25 PM
just this week i passed the break-in point on my car and am anxious to really DRIVE it. but i'll be honest -- presently the car is probably too much for my driving ability. it's the first performance car i've ever owned. (we all have to start somewhere, right?) having admitted that, i'm hoping you more experienced drivers might indulge a couple of dumb questions. i know the m engines are meant to be revved hard and can take it. but is it "bad" to constantly be above, say, 4500 or rpm? for day-to-day driving (not stoplight racing or anything like that), what do you think is a good rpm at which to switch gears? i'm still in the habit of switching gears around 3500 rpm, a hold-over habit that i guess i'll have to break in order to truly appreciate the car. thanks, and don't worry - i'm not going to do anything stupid like get in a high-speed race with someone before i'm ready for it. any other tips would also be appreciated.

Art
01-12-1999, 07:34 PM
My 99 M3 coupe has ~1,400 miles and I have been getting a litle naughty with it...<br>The highest I have shifted though might have been 5,500 RPMS (I kinda looked)<p>But please let me know what you find!<p>PS: by the way, this is my first non-automatic car...

Tino
01-13-1999, 10:42 AM
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kjk
01-13-1999, 06:16 PM
<i>: Guys,<p>: Just because your car has an "M" motor in it doesn't mean you HAVE TO rev it up. You<br>: can drive it any which way you feel comfortable. If you do choose to get "Naughty", then<br>: go for it but just be careful. If you have had your OBDII remapped, watch out for the<br>: "Overreving Syndrome". This can cause your wallet to take a nice dent ;-) Besides that,<br>: you should keep your car at a constant rev of about 3500 rpm or so for a minute before<br>: you park. I'm not saying to park the car and rev the car up to that point and wait in your<br>: lovely parking lot. It's just that you should try to use a lower gear to keep the rev's up<br>: while getting ready to park a minute or so before you do in order to get rid of any of the<br>: carbons that have built up from all the city stop and go driving you did. Now, just as<br>: reference, I usually shift at about 4K rpm or 4500 rpm on a usual basis and found the<br>: "Right" range for my driving style. Everyone's is different and there is no rule that say's<br>: you have to shift earlier or later than someone else. Just to give you an example, my<br>: friend loves to use lower gears and keep his car at a higher RPM than I do (He gets a<br>: cheap thrill out of it!). Not by much though... maybe 500 rpm or so more. Either way,<br>: drive the way you are comfortable and take the "Pre-Parking" rev into consideration.<br>: BTW - Please try attending some of the high performance driving schools that the CCA<br>: hosts... you will find them very helpful.<p>: Hope it helps,<p>: Tino<p></i> For just driving around 4500 sounds about right. When you are driving fast, Bimmers like to rev. They live between 3500(4000 really) and redline. You will always have power on tap immediately in that range. Anything below that and you have to wait for the engine to reach its power band after you punch it. In low gears you have to watch the tach, make sure you start your shift just below the redline as you will usually get a few hundred more rpm from momentum before you grab the next gear, especially in first. I mean, you have to rev it, that's the best reason to own a Bimmer, just stay below the rev limiter until it is out of warranty. With that said, the other wonderful thing about almost all BMW straight sixes is that they will pull nicely from low rpms as long as you don't use too much throttle.

BC
01-13-1999, 08:27 PM
<i>: : Guys,<p>: : Just because your car has an "M" motor in it doesn't mean you HAVE TO rev it up. You<br>: : can drive it any which way you feel comfortable. If you do choose to get "Naughty", then<br>: : go for it but just be careful. If you have had your OBDII remapped, watch out for the<br>: : "Overreving Syndrome". This can cause your wallet to take a nice dent ;-) Besides that,<br>: : you should keep your car at a constant rev of about 3500 rpm or so for a minute before<br>: : you park. I'm not saying to park the car and rev the car up to that point and wait in your<br>: : lovely parking lot. It's just that you should try to use a lower gear to keep the rev's up<br>: : while getting ready to park a minute or so before you do in order to get rid of any of the<br>: : carbons that have built up from all the city stop and go driving you did. Now, just as<br>: : reference, I usually shift at about 4K rpm or 4500 rpm on a usual basis and found the<br>: : "Right" range for my driving style. Everyone's is different and there is no rule that say's<br>: : you have to shift earlier or later than someone else. Just to give you an example, my<br>: : friend loves to use lower gears and keep his car at a higher RPM than I do (He gets a<br>: : cheap thrill out of it!). Not by much though... maybe 500 rpm or so more. Either way,<br>: : drive the way you are comfortable and take the "Pre-Parking" rev into consideration.<br>: : BTW - Please try attending some of the high performance driving schools that the CCA<br>: : hosts... you will find them very helpful.<p>: : Hope it helps,<p>: : Tino<p>: For just driving around 4500 sounds about right. When you are driving fast, Bimmers like to rev. They live between 3500(4000 really) and redline. You will always have power on tap immediately in that range. Anything below that and you have to wait for the engine to reach its power band after you punch it. In low gears you have to watch the tach, make sure you start your shift just below the redline as you will usually get a few hundred more rpm from momentum before you grab the next gear, especially in first. I mean, you have to rev it, that's the best reason to own a Bimmer, just stay below the rev limiter until it is out of warranty. With that said, the other wonderful thing about almost all BMW straight sixes is that they will pull nicely from low rpms as long as you don't use too much throttle.<p></i>

Art
01-13-1999, 11:38 PM
Never knew about the parking thing...<br>For now, when I try to go fast, I am doing 4,500 - 5,500 RPMS so according to you guys, I should be OK.<p>Thanks for the tips!


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