MrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3925 times:
I do occasionally...In my car, I know that in second gear and at exactly 2000 RPM, I go exactly 30 km/h...very handy for school zones.
Like almost every car, my power band does not reach all the way to redline. When I am aiming for maximum performance, I generally keep it between torque peak at 3000 RPM and peak HP at 5500 RPM. Anything below and the car is obviously very sluggish, and anything above and you can really feel the power fall off, more so than other cars.
BTW, I currently drive a modded Mk.2 GTi...215 hp at the wheels.
BaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3917 times:
Tachometers are not essential in a vehicle with a manual transmission, but can prove to be very useful. That's why even automatics have them. Example: your vehicle is running rough. If you look at your tach and notice that the needle is bouncing slightly, it is a strong indicator that your engine is misfiring (missing). This tells you to replace your rotor and cap, and spark plugs. Doing this yourself before going to the shop is a hell of a lot cheaper, and if that doesn't fix the problem you can return the parts. And if you have a car in which you need to monitor the red line, then you know how to change these parts.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3910 times:
Sometimes it is the only way I know if my car is running.. Like if I am doing a rolling start in the driveway, that is how I verify the car did in fact start, because I cannot hear the engine over the radio. I could tell by vibration but the tach being at idle is a faster indication
I also use it to know when to shift when I am going down the highway at 70mph I have no air conditioning and while I can usually shift by feel or by knowing what my speed is I like having it there.
I also use the tach to keep an eye on engine health.. If things are idling nice and smooth all is well.. If it can't hold a steady idle, somthing might be wrong. It hasn't been a problem yet but sometimes someone with a lousy sounding car pulls up next to me at the light and I like knowing it isn't my car with a case of the farts.
707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3907 times:
Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter): Apart for redline-shifting Silly and clutchless shifting, what's the use of a rev counter ? and do you actually use yours for normal, mundane driving ?
I have to admit I do not use the rev counter. When I clutchless shift, I do that 'by the ear' - much more efficient for me, as it takes me more concentration to check the rev counter while doing that, while I can pinpoint the right time more precisely by the ear. But to each his own.
Wunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3905 times:
I have one, but my car is automatic, so it does all that gear changing for me. The car gets serviced every 10k, so it should be running well between services. It looks nice going up and down, but would be more use in a manual car.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3801 times:
The only time I do is when I'm pushing it, as much fun as it is i'd like to stay out of the redline.. Occasionally I glance down to see at what revs I shift (generally around 3000rpm) but thats it. I do like having a rev counter though, my brothers old car didn't have one and it was boring.