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So I've had my car for one day and put a 100 miles on it. I like cruising around 2 to 3 thousand rpms.. I don't like bogging the engine but in my neighborhood I'm only going around 15 to 20 mph and 1st gear is awful and 2nd feels like I'm way to low in rpms.. any advice or your expireneces would be awesome
 

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Ya 1st is very short. I'm normally in 2nd at those speeds.
 

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I am in 2nd until 20mph where I shift to third. Why do you think 15-20 in 2nd is way low? Unless you need power, level street cruising at 2000rpm or even 1500rpm is fine.
 

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Not the speed I was worried about but the rpms dropping below 1800 it seems a little laggy. I was driving today and wasn't bad.. when I was going 15 mph in 2nd the rpms were a little low but still had power when I needed to get on the throttle
 

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Why do you need to get on the throttle in a neighborhood? Go the speed limit and then accelerate after you pass the speed limit sign for the change in mph. You don't need to be in constant turbo spool.
 

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Yeah that's how I see it. I'm still breaking in the engine.. I have 200 miles on it. I was just worried about hurting the engine going real low rpms. Right now I'm only getting 20.5 mpg.. do u cruise lower than 2500 rpms? I want to save some gas
 

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Cruising sanely at 2k rpm or a little less is fine. As long as you are not sitting there lugging it you wont have to worry.

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Why do you need to get on the throttle in a neighborhood? Go the speed limit and then accelerate after you pass the speed limit sign for the change in mph. You don't need to be in constant turbo spool.
You totally missed the point of the OP.
He is asking about RPM and worried about lugging it.
He mentioned nothing about speeding through neighborhoods.
 

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Why do you need to get on the throttle in a neighborhood? Go the speed limit and then accelerate after you pass the speed limit sign for the change in mph. You don't need to be in constant turbo spool.
You totally missed the point of the OP.
He is asking about RPM and worried about lugging it.
He mentioned nothing about speeding through neighborhoods.
I was hoping someone would catch that too. I just keep it in second now and sometimes I go down to 1200 rpms and it doesn't seem bad, better than shifting back to first.. anyone else do this?
 

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I try to stay above 2000 RPM, in any gear. I too fear lugging it.
Before I knew better, I used to lug my Carolla up hills, to see if it could do it. I believe that may have been the cause of the shafts between engine and transaxle (or whatever it was called) getting ruined.

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I try to stay above 2000 RPM, in any gear. I too fear lugging it.
Before I knew better, I used to lug my Carolla up hills, to see if it could do it. I believe that may have been the cause of the shafts between engine and transaxle (or whatever it was called) getting ruined.

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I sometimes do 1500 rpms in 2nd gear in my neighborhood going around turns cause I don't like shifting into 1st.. doesn't feel like it's lugging to me. I'm thinking low rpms are OK if ur not consistently driving in them
 

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I try to stay above 5500 want the neighbors to enjoy the tune of my exhaust.

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Cruising sanely at 2k rpm or a little less is fine. As long as you are not sitting there lugging it you wont have to worry.
Agree. I've cruised my 20mph neighborhood in 2nd with my last 3 Subaru's; you get used to a car's power modulation, and it's no big deal.
 

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I sometimes do 1500 rpms in 2nd gear in my neighborhood going around turns cause I don't like shifting into 1st.. doesn't feel like it's lugging to me. I'm thinking low rpms are OK if ur not consistently driving in them
I don't disagree. I don't always stay above 2000. This car seems to have more torque, down there and can take it. Like I said, I'm a bit gun shy.

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