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Old 07-15-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
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What do you do with all these gear thingies?

Say you're driving on a flat 30 mph road with occasional stop signs. Which gears do you use?

1-2-3-4-5?
1-2-5?
1-3-6?

Or some other sequence?


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Say you're driving on a flat 30 mph road with occasional stop signs. Which gears do you use?

1-2-3-4-5?
1-2-5?
1-3-6?

Or some other sequence?
really, why would you shift beyond third if you even went that high
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:35 AM   #3
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really, why would you shift beyond third if you even went that high
I found I can cruise along even 25 mph flat streets in 5th. Doesn't seem to be stressing the engine, as long as I downshift for any acceleration or hills, and I presume it's using less gas.
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I found I can cruise along even 25 mph flat streets in 5th. Doesn't seem to be stressing the engine, as long as I downshift for any acceleration or hills, and I presume it's using less gas.
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Recommended Shift Speeds for Maximum Fuel Economy
When accelerating, upshift according to the following chart:
Upshifts when accelerating*
Shift from:
1 - 2 12 mph (19 km/h)
2 - 3 23 mph (37 km/h)
3 - 4 32 mph (51 km/h)
4 - 5 41 mph (66 km/h)
5 - 6 42 mph (67 km/h)
This was what Ford recommends according to the Focus ST owners guide supplement.

Basically you want to avoid lugging the engine, but other than that shift when and how you want to.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:50 AM   #5
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This was what Ford recommends according to the Focus ST owners guide supplement.
Yeah, I saw that chart, but really? They're recommending staying in 5th gear all the way from 41 to 42 mph???

But do most people go through all six gears to go from zero to 45+ mph?
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Yeah, I saw that chart, but really? They're recommending staying in 5th gear all the way from 41 to 42 mph???

But do most people go through all six gears to go from zero to 45+ mph?
That's supposed to be the epa certified most efficient way to shift the car. Now is it really the best way to drive? Probably not, but it is a reference point.

Personally I can already be in 6th by around 40 mph if I'm shifting around 1500-2000 rpm and landing somewhere near 1500 rpm in the next gear.

I also came from the 2012 Focus with the PowerShift DCT transmission with select shift and I was basically shifting it manually approximately the same way with similar results, minus the computer getting in the way.

1-2 usually around 5-10 mph, 2-3 around 15-20, 3-4 around 25-30, 5th around 30-35 or so, then around 40 to 6th when taking it easy, maybe could get into 6th from around 35 but it just feels a little bit sooner than it does on the DCT.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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Then you can run it up to near readline instead. Go 1st straight to 5th.. Like when entering a freeway.. Or 1 then 2 up to redline and glide into 6th at 70 mph
I am usually in 5th at 32mph. But I have only a lowly 5 speed
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you dont really wanna go below 1500... that is how i drive.
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I upshift until the shift light stops coming on, which usually happens around 1900 RPM. I keep RPMs low until I need to accelerate or climb a hill.
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