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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-02-2011, 11:11 PM
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Hello all,
This is probably just a silly question but i just need some information about the revs on my 96 318i.

If im traveling at about 100kmph and go to over take on the high way as soon as i put my foot down it drops back from about 3000rpm (what it was cruising at) to about 2600rpm.....as we know the e36 isnt the best car for torque so why when i need it most does it drop the revs back?
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:15 PM
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shifting to a higher gear?

if you floor it it should usually do the opposite and drop into a lower gear and higher revs
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:24 PM
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well thats what i would of thought it even does this in sports mode....i wouldn't exactly say im flooring it but its normally around when the fuel needle hits 20L per 100km it could be a normal thing im just curios as to why.....is the car even suppose to be reving at about 3200rpm at 110kmph? if so i dont like it i think ill get a 5 speed next time :-P
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:27 PM
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my 5 spd revs about 2200 -2400 at about 110kph but then its a 2.5l as well so im guessing youll have higher revs
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:20 AM
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the km to rev ratio thing kinda confuses me so I can't help there

If you are at the perfect mark it might confuse the computer and shift down even though you wanted to hold the gear.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:37 AM
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If you step on the accelerator to overtake another car, your transmission should shift into a lower gear and the revs should be higher, not lower. So, the opposite of what you describe should happen. Strange... I have no idea on this one, but I'd suspect a faulty transmission control module. That's just a guess though.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:08 PM
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thanks guys ill probably just take it to Adelaide Motors (BMW) and ask them that the deal is
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:57 PM
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Do you put it in manual mode when you do that? If so do it in auto mode. Manual is supposed to keep it in the same gear you are in. I've experienced the same thing you're talking about with my other e36 which is auto. If I leave it in manual mode it feels very sluggish.

What I can tell you is that my car is between 3k and 3.5k around 70mph. I don't feel like looking up the conversion.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:27 PM
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100kph is 62mph...

And yeah the revs are high for the 318's blame the 3.44 rear diff... or in some cases i think 4.2 or something...

Frank had a 4.XX that he blew up remember?
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:39 PM
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I though the OP was talking about his transmission doing funny things under acceleration, and that it was kicking up, instead of down.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:42 PM
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I have a 94 318 auto . At 70mph im at about 3100-3200 rpm wise. I know thats not the problem here but I just thought I would share since I as well have a 318 auto
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:23 PM
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Yea in manual mode it does it but like in all the other modes it does it in top gear only ill just inquire bout it next service. This is my first 4speed auto ever and i cant stand the high revs at high speeds i wouldn't class where i live as rural Australia but the next town is a half hour drive on a highway...just sounds like it needs 5th gear lol
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:20 PM
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Mate, if you are coming to Adelaide to have you car looked at I would see the guys at BM Wise in Thebarton.
They are both very experienced BMW techs, know their stuff and are a heap cheaper than the dealership.
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