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Old 03-24-2010, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default RPM's at 3000 in fifth going 55, is this normal?

I just picked up a 95 sidekick and was just wondering if the RPM's should be at or around 3000 RPM's when going 55mph in fifth gear when in 2wd high? Also it does seem to like the higher RPM's than previous vehicle that I have owned. I don't think it is getting bad millage since it has about a nine gallon tank and gets about 230 miles to a tank.
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I don't know if they changed the size of the gas tanks in the 16v, but my 8v car is 42 liters (11 gallon gas tank). I would be going just a bit over 55 mph at 3000 rpms in 5th, so I think your ratio is normal. However find that for the very best gas mileage, I need to keep the rpms at between 2000-3000 rpms
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I have a 95 Tracker 3-speed auto, no overdrive, 5.13 gears. It screams like a banshee on the highway. I have learned to just ignore it. I change oil very often, using synthetic, keep the coolant etc. clean, and change timing belt and idler bearing once a year. It's very seldom under 3K even in the city sometimes. On the highway I do try to stay under 4500, but go over it many times. I think at 75 it's turning about 4500 or so, I really can't look at the gauges at that speed, it takes some concentration to run that fast. They aren't the most stable vehicle to drive at speed. Point is let er flicker, if it blows, it's only a car, they can be fixed or replaced very easily. I am more concerned about my life, a crash at almost any speed in one of these things most likely means death.

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I have a 95 Tracker 3-speed auto, no overdrive, 5.13 gears. It screams like a banshee on the highway. I have learned to just ignore it. I change oil very often, using synthetic, keep the coolant etc. clean, and change timing belt and idler bearing once a year. It's very seldom under 3K even in the city sometimes. On the highway I do try to stay under 4500, but go over it many times. I think at 75 it's turning about 4500 or so, I really can't look at the gauges at that speed, it takes some concentration to run that fast. They aren't the most stable vehicle to drive at speed. Point is let er flicker, if it blows, it's only a car, they can be fixed or replaced very easily. I am more concerned about my life, a crash at almost any speed in one of these things most likely means death.

you'll think a tracker is really stable at speed after driving a jeep really fast
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Thank you everyone, this has been very helpfull since I didn't get a manual with this vehicle since it was used so I had no idea what th specs are supposed to be.
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thanks for sig

95 16v 5sp is 59 mph at 3000 rpm.
with stock tires. see my table. your 4 short mph.
so do a gps read see if speed is low by 4 mph, most are. btw

Here is my RPM/Speed page for correcting speed errors.


http://kick-fix.com/part-time-test.html#SPEED


ex. of tires actual sizes, they vary like crazy. (same side wall size)


my circums are from here. just pump in them numbers. 27.1 " stock diameter of tire

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoTireMath.dos
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