Pretty much normal. At 3000 rpm, with the 5 speed you would be going 54 mpg. You can change the gearing a bit with larger tires. The 3 speed is geared a bit differently, so you might be going a couple of mph slower at 3000 rpm. The car is not a highway cruiser, but does't mind the high rpms. At 4000 rpm, my car is going about 75, which is good enough for most highways, and I don't feel like an idiot with everyone passing me. Of course, mpg is reduced at these speeds.
If it has an o/d switch then you've got a 4 speed. If not then a 3 speed.
Torque converter clutch failure on 3 speeds seem to be a common topic of discussion, but users on here know the checks to confirm and fixes which are apparently not too hard for the guy with a tool kit and a will.
But as bex says all the transmissions and trims sit higher up the rev range on cruising rpm.
Japanese Escudo, '93, 4 door, 16v, 4 spd Auto trans, 4WD, Auto locking hubs
No overdrive in the 3 speed, and as Scudo says, no o/d light with the 3 speed either. Purely mechanical. You haven't advised what size tires you are running, which would also affect the gearing somewhat.
He has a 4 door. which will have the 4 speed auto. The only exception would be '91, which is also the only year 4 door with the 8v.
3800- 4k RPM's at cruise speeds is totally normal on stock tires... with any trans. It puts the engine into the proper torque range for cruising. This is why the 3 speed uses taller gears in the axles. (4.30 as opposed to 5.125.)
'96 Tracker 1.6l 16v 4x4 2dr 3spd auto 85k 1.5" OME lift - 235/75r15 BFG AT Ko's on 15x7 Ion Alloys - Pioneer Sound - Custom Installed Hydraulic Drivers Seat
I had a problem getting my car into 4wd as well as out of it. Seemed I had to go in reverse for 12 feet to do either. I removed the auto locking hubs which were bone dry and soaked them in a degreaser. I worked them by hand so both were free. I then jammed them with red wheel bearing grease from walmart. I used black rtv to make a new o ring and packed those things full. I also packed the hub and pushed it together and bolted it down. Now I can go in and out of 4wd as fast as I move the lever. Basically the 4w hub is like a bike clutch that if turned it locks if the center doesnt turn, but the outside does, it freewheels, so it needs power to move like using a jet ski in water.
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