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post #1 of 31 Old 06-23-2011, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Driving 6sp question

So I drive a 6sp versa, but I hate the fact that the gears are so close. I don't mind city driving but when it comes to highway I hate that I have to drive in 6th gear the whole way, according to the manual anyways. So my questions is has anyone driven their versa in 5th gear, say 60-65 mph in highway without any issues. I'm asking because the manual says the safe gear change is 50 mph to carry to 6th gear. I don't want to stress the trany or anything, but I like having that extra gear that I can swift up when I need it, you know what I mean. Sorry if i'm not making too much sense but this is my first manual trany car, not too mentioned first new car ever too thanks

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I don't have a 6 speed but I'd say if you wanna downshift to pass someone on the freeway go for it. You'll use more gas but whatever. I disable the O/D on my CVT when I need the oomf for passing.

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i always end up down shifting...5th can get speeds up there

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My friend drove his g35 in 5th gear all the time for at least 3 years before he traded it in. No issues. So it seems to be safe.
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First, leaving it in 5th is going to use more gas. The engine has to rev higher to keep the car going highway speeds. Second, I don't understand your line of reasoning on wanting to have another gear to shift up? If you want to accelerate... you down shift. Not up.

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You're better off keeping in 6th on the highway, save your gas.
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So I drive a 6sp versa, but I hate the fact that the gears are so close. I don't mind city driving but when it comes to highway I hate that I have to drive in 6th gear the whole way, according to the manual anyways. So my questions is has anyone driven their versa in 5th gear, say 60-65 mph in highway without any issues.
With my Topaz, I drove back from South Carolina to Ontario in fourth gear, cuz it couldn't make it up the mountains, and would run away down the other side! No issues at all in fourth gear after hours and hours at 70mph+. I think V will be fine.
With 6 gears, they are close together, especially when in 6th the engine still doing 2800rpm at 100km/h! I end up relying on 3rd and 4th to get on the highway, then skip to 6th. There was also a bit of adjustment knowing which gear to be in for my favourite on/off ramps Drove 5sp for years, plus 4sp 72 Datsun and 79 Rabbit. So if you ignore some of your gears, you're not alone!

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Like I stated, this is my first ever manual car so when you guys talk about down shifting I really have no clue what that means even tho I hear the phrase too often. Sorry if I sound like a dumna** but LIKE I SAID is my first time driving stick.

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downshifting is going from higher gear to a lower gear. So say 6th to 5th. Two reasons for doing this is engine braking, meaning slowing the car down via the engine instead of the brakes. Or the other reason is to speed up, since down shifting will raise the RPM's which creates more power you are able to step on the gas and go faster as opposed to just leaving it in the same gear and pressing the gas.


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See, now that makes sense. Although I think I'll just retain myself from doing so, do to fear of screwing up the tranny. Maybe when I become more familiar with the car. Thanks guys, this helps.

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