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Old 08-16-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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Using 6th gear?

Or should I say not using 6th gear....was going down the beautiful PA turnpike at a nice rate of speed....shifted from 5th to 6th and the car somewhat bogged down at around 85mph....do u guys see yourself using 6th gear much when 5th gear seems to be the cruising overdrive gear and 4th gear the power spirited gear?
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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"bogged down"? I'm guessing you put it in 4th gear...
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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I cruise at around 75 -80mph in 6th and shift to 5th when I really feel like passing someone. It hovers around 1,800 - 2,500rpms in 6th. I have been told that this will improve gas milage.
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:56 PM   #4
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no i put it in the next higher gear as i was up to speed and just wanted to cruise....but it seems like 6th is for something over 100mph.
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:56 PM   #5
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"bogged down"? I'm guessing you put it in 4th gear...
I think he means the revs dropped and the car was lethargic, not that the revs increased.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:00 PM   #6
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Exactly Justin
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I think he means the revs dropped and the car was lethargic, not that the revs increased.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:43 PM   #7
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When your cruising at 70 mph OF COURSE you would use 6th gear. It's a cruising gear. The engine is not going to bog in 6th at this speed unless you are trying to accelerate in it. If you are going a steady 65-70 mph then 6th is what you want. If you want to accelerate around slower traffic from 65 mph to 75 mph or so, downshift to 5th and then back to 6th once you are cruising again. You will get much better fuel economy if you use 6th the way it was intended.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:48 PM   #8
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When your cruising at 70 mph OF COURSE you would use 6th gear. It's a cruising gear. The engine is not going to bog in 6th at this speed unless you are trying to accelerate in it. If you are going a steady 65-70 mph then 6th is what you want. If you want to accelerate around slower traffic from 65 mph to 75 mph or so, downshift to 5th and then back to 6th once you are cruising again. You will get much better fuel economy if you use 6th the way it was intended.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:49 PM   #9
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I don't really live in an area where 6th is of any benefit. Unless I find myself on a highway where I can cruise 70 or so for very long time I doubt my car will see much of 6th. I could care less about gas mileage to run through all those gears for the short distances I run on interstates. 5th at the most, usually 4th because I like the response.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:50 PM   #10
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When your cruising at 70 mph OF COURSE you would use 6th gear. It's a cruising gear. The engine is not going to bog in 6th at this speed unless you are trying to accelerate in it. If you are going a steady 65-70 mph then 6th is what you want. If you want to accelerate around slower traffic from 65 mph to 75 mph or so, downshift to 5th and then back to 6th once you are cruising again. You will get much better fuel economy if you use 6th the way it was intended.


Exactly, I love 6th gear.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:52 PM   #11
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6th gets great gas mileage on the freeway i average around 24-25mpg using it. When i need to pass it's a real easy shift to loop from 6th to 4th, floor it there from 70mph and have fun!

2nd from 40mph and 4th from 70mph are my favs...
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:27 PM   #12
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Or a 6 to 3 downshift is a natural...just rev-match and you're gone!

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Old 08-16-2009, 03:30 PM   #13
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I hope I can use 6th. On my GTO I hardly ever use 6th. I hate to to say it but Dodge was smart on the Challenger, you could order it with 3.92:1 gears if you opted for the 20-in wheels, that makes 6th gear almost useful at legal speeds.
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:38 PM   #14
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Its still usefull.... Its for saving gas
If by usefull you mean more responsive and higher RPM... then it kind of defeats its purpose
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:04 PM   #15
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I'm not sure of the exact ratios in the Camaro, but in my LT4-powered Corvette it's .62:1 in 5th and .5:1 in 6th. I use 6th all the time on the freeway, whenever I'm up to cruising speed. To pass slowly, 6th is OK, but to really accelerate you do need 5th or 4th to really jump up. My trip computer regularly shows 27 or 28 when cruising level at 65 in 6th (turning about 1600 rpm).

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Old 08-16-2009, 04:14 PM   #16
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:59 PM   #17
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Its still usefull.... Its for saving gas
If by usefull you mean more responsive and higher RPM... then it kind of defeats its purpose
I did not buy this car to save gas
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #18
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I did not buy this car to save gas
then thats what those other 5 gears are for
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #19
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I hit 6th just driving home at 45 mph!

I mean why not...

...also, in 6th and cruising at 80 mph you are barely at 2k rpms...so 6th is for cruising or really anytime you would be in 5th...I guess I use the gears different than most.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:42 PM   #20
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Yes I run in 6th all the time around 45 mph car doesen't bog down
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:48 PM   #21
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It's all how you want to drive it and if you're concerned about saving gas. If there were no 6th it would be fine with me. I like to drive with it higher in the RPM range and more into the torque band. I don't there is a right or wrong way to drive concerning the gears on the highway. Personal preference.

Lots of Corvette guys with 6 speeds opt for lower gears to make 6th more useful more of the time. Plus get out of the hole better.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:10 PM   #22
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I used 6th extensively (soley) in both Number 3 (V6) and 296 (V8).

Pulls hard in 6th in both cars above 60 mph so not quite sure why you would think the car "bogs down". If you are cruising in 6th, fine for you, but it is just a tad bit noisier and you will get less economy.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:30 PM   #23
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I used 6th extensively (soley) in both Number 3 (V6) and 296 (V8).

Pulls hard in 6th in both cars above 60 mph so not quite sure why you would think the car "bogs down". If you are cruising in 6th, fine for you, but it is just a tad bit noisier and you will get less economy.
do you mean cruising in 5th??
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:04 AM   #24
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6th gear is purely for fuel economy. If the Camaro didn't have it, odds are the SS would have a $1300 gas guzzler tax added.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:23 AM   #25
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I use sixth as much as possible when we have Rosie out for a drive. Seeing the low revs and such helps save some gas when out for a Sunday drive in the country.
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