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post #1 of 23 Old 08-26-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy when to shift?

hey guys i know this sounds really dumb but its a wuestion i need answered. I jsut picked up a 2012 versa hatchback manual and i know every engine is different but im sure its close enough to gauge it from there. Im new to manual so just getting use to know when to shift in this 6 speed would be great to know. pretty much I dont want to redline this but i dont want to under do it as well. i have footwork down just need to know more along the lines of the higher gears but all would be helpful as well. thanks people!
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I keep my RPMs under 3000RPMs unless I'm going over 70MPH on the highway

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oh ok, so even shifting earlier then when you "hear you car want the next gear" doesn't matter? people who taught me told me you have to listen to your engine and shift accordingly but maybe thats for someone more experienced than i am, or they're full of crap haha.
pretty much at the end of it i think what i wanted to ask was how do you shift to get best gas mileage? better question, no? if the answer is to keep it under 3000 rpms imma laugh
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I keep my RPMs under 3000RPMs unless I'm going over 70MPH on the highway
I agree. Saves gas and doesnt hurt the engine, which means it'll last longer.

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ok cool thanks guys, so that applies even with the higher gears, so im keeping all of my gears under 3000 rpm EXCEPT on the 6th gear? because thats the only one that will continue up in speed.
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Yessir. Us 1.6 members only have 5 gears but it works the same way. I'd like to swap a 6spd tranny in there later on.

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keeping it under 3000 rpms is included for A/T as well? when I'm feeling stingy I'll have it so it doesn't go above 2000 rpm for max gas, but how much will it hurt my mpg's if I go to 3000 rpms constantly? does anyone know?

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I'm not sure. I usually don't keep up with MPGs. I do it to keep the engine healthy. As long as I fill up every 10 days or once a week I'm good with that.

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oh ok, so even shifting earlier then when you "hear you car want the next gear" doesn't matter? people who taught me told me you have to listen to your engine and shift accordingly but maybe thats for someone more experienced than i am, or they're full of crap haha.
pretty much at the end of it i think what i wanted to ask was how do you shift to get best gas mileage? better question, no? if the answer is to keep it under 3000 rpms imma laugh
The whole listen to the engine thing is more what comes with experience, as in after you get the feel of when you shift normally, which depends on how you drive, really, then you will just start to hear it and shift without thinking.

As for when you should shift, I typically shift between 2500 and 3000 rpm under normal driving. If I am going to wind it out a bit I will go up to 6000rpm. I just don't go past redline. You aren't going to destroy anything by revving it higher, if it wasn't designed to run at those speeds the redline would be lower. You will just hurt your mpg's.

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I haven't tested my motor out yet because im still breaking her in, but most modern cars have rev limiters so you shouldn't be able to red line too hard. I agree with the above comments tho, 2500-3000 rpm is usually a pretty good range for most driving.
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