I just bought a 2015 ford focus manual. I have been driving a manual all my life but this new car keeps telling me to switch up into high gears and drive at a very low RPM, 1-2. Is this normal?

Asked by May 20, 2015 at 10:42 PM about the 2015 Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Question type: General

For example the car says to switch up to 6th gear when I am only going about 40mph.  
Which puts the RPMs at about 1.5.  I learned to switch gears when the RPMs go above
2.5-3. Is this something that will hurt the engine? Am I supposed to be driving the car with
very low RPMs?

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They have designed the the system to get the best mileage possible, so the shift light will come on rather quickly and at very low RPM, but the driver has the choice of up shifting or not. Personally I think they are lugging the engines if you follow the upshift light. There is a rhythm or harmonic that you can feel after driving a car for a while, it will tell you when to shift up or down if your in tune with it, as you stated you have drove standards almost exclusively so you know what I mean. My advise is ignore the the light, let the engine tell you when.

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