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Old 03-11-2005, 11:50 PM   #1
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All to often I find myself downshifting into 2nd and 3rd for corners and when I exit the corner my rpms are below 2000. Do many people experience this? There is no shaking of the car, or sound of it struggling, but still...below 2000 rpm? Will this affect my gas mileage? I heard that if the rpms are to low for a gear, it will actually use more gas in order for the engine to get back up to optimum power band range.
Another thing, what is the best point to shift when just driving around town. I shift at 3k rpm, but that's just because it's half of the 6k redline
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:59 PM   #2
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Yes I was actually wondering about this too - it seems like sometimes it is "too slow" for 2nd, yet too high to shift it into first while still moving. So then I shift into second and I can feel the car struggling a little till it's over 2000 rpms. I just don't want to force it into 1st...

I think for fuel efficieny around town anywhere between 3000-4000 rpm is a good bet.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:12 PM   #3
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If im cruising around a I shift at abotu 4k, but most of the time its between 4-5.5k
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:19 PM   #4
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have you thought of just turning faster???
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:29 PM   #5
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^^haha that would be one way to fix the problem
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:42 PM   #6
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haha, I could, but then everything inside the car, including the passengers gets all plastered up against one side of the Impreza :-P
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:05 PM   #7
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sounds like you need suspension mods then
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Old 03-13-2005, 09:02 AM   #8
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sounds like you need suspension mods then



Now that's funny...
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:35 PM   #9
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I shift at 2000 around town...
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:39 PM   #10
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Yeah, 2000-2500 is good around town shifting. Maybe 3000 going up a hill.
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:03 PM   #11
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I shift at 2500-2800 when cold. 3000 90% of the time when the car is warmed up and 3500+ every once in a while.
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:17 PM   #12
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you ppl are nice to ur cars. 3000. yeah right. maybe id do that if there was a liek a cop next ot me or somethign lol.
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:17 PM   #13
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so people's shifting points seem to range from 2k to 4k around town. and everyone experiences good gas mileage?
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:44 PM   #14
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I shift at 2000 around town...
That sounds awfully low, isn't it? Shifting at 2000? I try and cruise between 2000 and 3000, shifting at 3000. I shift at 3500-4000 when going up a hill, and it normally drops back to just about 2000.
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:12 PM   #15
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my mechanic friend suggest the following to me:
when cruising always keep the engine speed above 2000 rpm
when going up hill always keep engine speed above 2500 rpm

now i usually shift around 2500-3000
i used to shift around 2000-2500

not sure about the milage coz i just shifted to 89 octane fuel recently...
(89 octane gives much better fuel efficience)
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Old 03-13-2005, 09:53 PM   #16
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Well, back to the original question asked - what is the proper technique for entering and then exiting a turn around town? Because I definitely agree with GraimeG - when I exit a turn in 2nd the rpm's are often below 2000 rpm, and the engine struggles.

With our transmissions, we don't want to be putting it into first, right? That's only from a stop?
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Old 03-13-2005, 10:20 PM   #17
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simple, keep the rpms up.. go faster.
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Old 03-13-2005, 10:28 PM   #18
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You can either downshift and brake to a point where the lower gear doesn't seem like you're trying to burn through the corner......or just take the corner a bit quicker and not downshift. Under 2k is too low for your car.....Might as well downshift and power out at an RPM that'll make power more efficiently. If you know this corner well and take it regularly, you should be able to find an optimum speed, gear, braking point and accel point to suit your mood or pace.

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Old 03-14-2005, 10:39 PM   #19
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My $.02
Go faster around the corner...they put "Holy ***** Handles" in the car for your passengers...I figure if they're not trying to hold on to something I'm going too slow! Driving should be fun...for the driver! And frightening for the passengers!
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Old 03-14-2005, 10:52 PM   #20
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good point
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Old 03-14-2005, 11:00 PM   #21
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driving on a track should be exactly as described... or on a closed course... but not ALL driving.

shift points for the best fuel efficiency and engine longevity are in your subaru owner's manual
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Old 03-15-2005, 11:49 AM   #22
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I find myself shifting around 3500 - 5000, I feel the car was build for this
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:05 PM   #23
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I find myself shifting around 3500 - 5000, I feel the car was build for this
I agree.
When passing on double lane roads I downshift into 4rth and ride 4rth into 6000RPM or so. I usually go into 6000RPM when trying to accelerate quickly to merge with traffic, etc... I figure the main point of having a car that can accelerate halfway decent is to enjoy that acceleration once in a while
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Old 03-15-2005, 03:53 PM   #24
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So let me get this straight - you guys think anything under 2000 RPMs is choking our engines? Because it is very hard to downshift into first (its basically locked out until you are almost stopped, at least on the stock shifter). I have only had my RS for about a month, but I have felt nothing wrong when coming out of turns in second at 1500 RPMs - Subaru couldn't have designed these cars thinking that everyone driving an $18k RS would either be taking corners at 20+ miles an hour or stopping almost completely for every turn. I'd find it hard to believe coming out of a turn at 1500 RPMs in second is really hurting the engine.
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Old 03-15-2005, 03:56 PM   #25
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it doesnt hurt the engine, it just isnt fun. lol.
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