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View Poll Results: Do you rev over 4500?
Rarely. That kind of driving belongs on the track. 5 4.10%
Occasionally. 52 42.62%
Every time I drive. That\'s normal driving. 65 53.28%
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Old 06-06-2002, 12:34 PM   #1
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Do you rev over 4500?

I want to know what the consensus is. I know everyone is different, so I'm not making any judgments. Just really curious what everyone's opinions are.
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Old 06-06-2002, 12:36 PM   #2
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4500??? i thought 8000 was the redline!
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Old 06-06-2002, 12:37 PM   #3
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My grandmother revvs over 4,500 rpms ... u must be bored
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Old 06-06-2002, 12:44 PM   #4
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My grandmother revvs over 4,500 rpms ... u must be bored
Check the results. The answer isn't as obvious as you think
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Old 06-06-2002, 12:49 PM   #5
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I never have it lower than 3000

so i can take of at the dorp of a dime if need be
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:28 PM   #6
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I usually shift around 3 or 3500.. Sometimes redline. I do some freeway and some city driving. Average MPG 23-24. I'd be interested to hear what some of you other guys that redline all the time are getting.
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:29 PM   #7
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i frequently rev over 4500, and i have a heavier vert. my MPG gauge reads 23.8
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:33 PM   #8
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The smaller Bimmer motors dont even get on the cam before 3500. Under normal driving I found 5500 to be the sweet spot. Upshifting at that point would keep the motor in the thick of the torque band with out really razzing on it too much
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:42 PM   #9
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i frequently rev over 4500, and i have a heavier vert. my MPG gauge reads 23.8
Damn... you're getting good milage. I'm lucky if my MPG gauge reads 21 mpg. I'm usually between 19.5-20.5.
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:47 PM   #10
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Damn... you're getting good milage. I'm lucky if my MPG gauge reads 21 mpg. I'm usually between 19.5-20.5.
Depends on how you drive too. for me, majority of my driving happens on the freeway. thats how it accounts for the good mileage.
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:50 PM   #11
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Of course, once the car has been warmed up.

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Old 06-06-2002, 03:31 PM   #12
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Old 06-06-2002, 03:42 PM   #13
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4500, hell, I'm in the red zone daily
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Old 06-06-2002, 03:53 PM   #14
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Once a week, When I do my weekend fun drives...and redline couple times a month just to keep the engine clean.
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Old 06-06-2002, 04:03 PM   #15
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Once a week, When I do my weekend fun drives...and redline couple times a month just to keep the engine clean.
hahah, I've used that "cleaning the engine" line before.
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Old 06-06-2002, 04:05 PM   #16
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how do you actually keep the engine clean by revving upto the red line... I heard that doing that cleans the injectors and stuff but is it actually true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-06-2002, 04:13 PM   #17
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dunno...but that's my defense when I get pull over:"Officer I was only cleaning my engine"...
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Old 06-06-2002, 04:14 PM   #18
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My car barely reaches 4500rpm

i think that where the redline starts on mine.
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Old 06-06-2002, 04:28 PM   #19
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I red line a couple of times an hour just to "keep the engine *warm*... .lol jk
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Old 06-06-2002, 04:40 PM   #20
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4500???

OK, here goes, flame suit on......

Y'all have got to be kidding? No wonder I see so many posts about 24 mpg avg.

Hell, how can you guys NOT get over 4500 a few times every day ? If for no other reason than because these motors fairly sing on up to redline . How else do you enjoy the ultimate DRIVING machine for what is was designed to do if your pussyfootin around below 4500 all the time?

You're just not getting all there is out of the engine. Besides, they perform so well up through redline, unlike a lot of cars whose power band is peaky and falls off way before redline.

Maybe I spent too many years building, tracking and auto-Xing 6-cyl Porsches. They thrive on hard use (except for a few odd years). I expect the same of my BMW.

Seriously, if you've never auto-X'ed your car before, especially if you've got a stick, you don't know how much fun your'e missing. Give it a try one weekend. I guarantee you'll be back for more .

And FWIW, I get about 18 mpg, mostly city, 27 mpg @ steady 70 mph out of my 323iTa with Dinan CAI, exhaust & stageII software.
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