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Old 03-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #1
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M6 and 6th gear: ever use it?

It occured to me to ask if people on here with M6's ever really use 6th gear? I have a 25 mile/each/way daily commute, the "middle" 15 miles or so on the highway, so I drive the highway every day but not really for too long and it just never really seems "right" to shift into 6th. I like having the accelerating power of 4th available if needed and 5th is OK but 6th just seems too sluggish if you need to speed up real quickly.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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I only use it if there is no traffic and with cruise control at 65-70mph. Thats all its good for haha
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:46 AM   #4
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Yep, I use 6th in the city about 35 mph if I know I am not going to encounter traffic or lights. Other than that its a highway gear.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:47 AM   #5
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I use it all the time on the highway, that's what it is for.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #6
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I use it....but I'm also running a 4.57 rear gear too.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:05 PM   #7
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:06 PM   #8
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Average speed limit in my city is 40 so I usually have it in 6th.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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6th gear will help your gas mileage when crusing on the highway.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:16 PM   #10
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All the time. I found it doesn't provide as high a ratio as one might think.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:23 PM   #11
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35 or 40 seems way too low for 6th gear to me. I'm at least above 60 for my tastes and what feels right to the motor (able to smoothly accelerate, no bogging, etc.).
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:49 PM   #12
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Above 50mph in clear traffic.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:25 PM   #13
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Above 50mph in clear traffic.
I have a v6 m6 but this is what I do too. If i'm going over 50 and just cruising, I throw 6th. If i need to be adjusting speed to traffic, I stay in 5th at that speed.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #14
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:29 PM   #15
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The ONLY time I have ever used it is on the Interstate going about 70-75.
Same here.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:46 PM   #16
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Above 50mph in clear traffic.
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I have a v6 m6 but this is what I do too. If i'm going over 50 and just cruising, I throw 6th. If i need to be adjusting speed to traffic, I stay in 5th at that speed.

Ditto... When 50 and above I got to 6th.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:47 PM   #17
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:59 PM   #18
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I use 6th gear above 75mph
The car takes on a drone as soon as you put it in 6th.
But that is where the gas mileage is.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:07 PM   #19
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I use it on highway when at steady speed above 60 MPH but good question.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:06 AM   #21
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All the time. I found it doesn't provide as high a ratio as one might think.

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35 or 40 seems way too low for 6th gear to me. I'm at least above 60 for my tastes and what feels right to the motor (able to smoothly accelerate, no bogging, etc.).
You guys must love wasting gas. I'm in 6th by about 40 mph.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:17 AM   #22
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w/o 6th I'd be in the single digit mpgs on the Autobahn. Above 150mph this thing drinks like a fish... and you still can have one heck of an educated conversion at this speed without screaming at each other
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:27 AM   #23
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w/o 6th I'd be in the single digit mpgs on the Autobahn.
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But, yes. Most time over 55 is ok for 6th

everything below 50 seems very low
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:16 AM   #24
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I use 6th gear above 75mph
The car takes on a drone as soon as you put it in 6th.
Glad you mentioned the drone. I have been "reminding" myself to put it in 6th more the last couple days when up to speed on the highway portion of my commute and I noticed the drone and was hoping it was normal.
For the few responders who say they use 6th in the city at 35-40, I just don't get that; seems way too slow for that gear. I can't imagine you'd have much of any pedal response but I could be wrong.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:10 AM   #25
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You guys must love wasting gas. I'm in 6th by about 40 mph.
Same. Once I hit 35 ish I go from 3rd to 6th
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