6 speed manual transmission. How to use the 6th gear?

texas612
25

Asked by texas612 Apr 25, 2007 at 12:23 AM about the 2007 BMW 3 Series 328i

Question type: General

I got a new BMW 328i. It is a 6 speed manual. I am trying to figure out what is the ideal RPM to rev at different gears so that I can maximize the car and driving experience. Any hints for this newbie?

3 Answers

testpilot61
205

These are great little cars. The shift points depend on your driving style. Most shifts can be completed between 3 and 4 thousand RPM's. If your crusing around town shifts between 2 and 3 thousand RPM's should be fine. These six speed tranys are great for getting the max performance from your car. You will need to take your new toy out on the road where there is little traffic and try out the different gears and learn at what speeds they perform best for YOU. It will take a little practice but I am sure you will pick up the right shift points--I found years ago that driving by the seat of your pant--best feeling--was the best teacher. If you uncomfortable with this approach then find yourself a good driving instructor or ask you dealer for a referal for proper driving instructions. Good luck and have great fun driving. Jerry

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Russ Croy
165

Jerry has the perfect answer...thanks for saving me the typing!

Colin Salazar
255

all is explained well by Jerry. Just wanted to say congrats on the Ultimate Driving Machine.

Your Answer

Related Questions

3 Series
Looking for a Used 3 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 34,993 nationwide 3 Series listings starting at $1,800.
ZIP:

Search BMW 3 Series Questions

BMW 3 Series Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,040
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 740
#3 Matt Mankinen
Matt Mankinen
Reputation 720
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 5 Series"
610 Great Deals out of 18,236 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW M3"
66 Great Deals out of 1,233 listings starting at $5,500
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class"
720 Great Deals out of 19,525 listings starting at $1,999
Used Audi A4"
302 Great Deals out of 10,178 listings starting at $1,800
Used BMW 7 Series"
168 Great Deals out of 5,683 listings starting at $2,895
Used BMW X5"
335 Great Deals out of 7,895 listings starting at $3,995
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class"
705 Great Deals out of 19,085 listings starting at $1,555
Used BMW 6 Series"
97 Great Deals out of 2,823 listings starting at $12,900
Used Ford Mustang"
807 Great Deals out of 29,278 listings starting at $1,500
Used Infiniti G37"
375 Great Deals out of 8,364 listings starting at $13,488
Used Honda Accord"
1,152 Great Deals out of 81,485 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 1 Series"
82 Great Deals out of 1,336 listings starting at $11,883
Used Acura TL"
272 Great Deals out of 6,751 listings starting at $1,100
Used Lexus IS 250"
176 Great Deals out of 5,524 listings starting at $7,995
Used BMW X3"
197 Great Deals out of 6,771 listings starting at $5,995

Used Cars For Sale

2011 BMW 3 Series 328i For Sale
46 Great Deals out of 1,003 listings starting at $13,990
2010 BMW 3 Series 328i For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 105 listings starting at $13,950