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Old 12-07-2017, 09:58 PM   #1
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Top In Town Gear

So...I haven't had a Mustang in 25 years and I'm still trying to remember that there's a 6th gear .

Just curious what the highest gear is that you guys drive in around town.

At 35-40mph 6th puts me at about 1k rpm and I'm wondering just how low is too low.

Not concerned with the sudden need to punch it but should I be worried about any detrimental effects of driving that slow in 6th gear?
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:03 PM   #2
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5th I guess, I wouldn't use 6th going 35-40.
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4th gear for 35-40. If you have pp then 5th gear. keep rpm around 2000. 1000 is lugging bad.
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Sometimes even 60mph is too slow for 6th gear; depending on terrain.
For me, it just seems 1750 is the point it is time to downshift.
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4th for me when I'm on flat road in town and just cruising. any hills or whatnots and its down to 3rd.
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4th or 5th around town. Usually 4th if I'm under 40mph and 5th if I'm at 45mph. Even 60 seems too low to be in 6th.
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I think 4th/5th around town. I have the Performance Pack and even at 65 mph 6th feels a little tough. 70+ and 6th starts feeling right.
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Thanks for all the replies...I think I'll shoot for 2k so 4th it is...
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Yeah, 4th seems to be the sweet spot for around town driving
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Simple: You have six choice, 3 of them make no sense at 45mph (1st, 2nd & 6th). That leaves 3rd, 4th & 5th... or whatever keeps your engine above 2k rpms (2k rpms ~ 3,400rpms).


City driving is more stop & go and has much more speed variances, so you should be in a slightly higher RPM range (ie lower gear) to be able to respond to traffic.

If you are going long distances at a steady pace @ 45mpg, just keep it in 5th.
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I drive around in 1st at about 35MPH ...
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30-40 mph, 4th gear, 40-50 mph, I'm in 5th gear. 50 mph, relatively flat surface with not much change, 6th gear.

I have the PP and this is when I'm driving civil.
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