3650RPM at 80mph?

John Lagnese jlagnese at massed.net
Thu Aug 3 12:03:48 EDT 2006

This was true in my automatic Jetta and Golf from an earlier post. They
were very peppy on the highway. It would appear to be a design to
overcome sluggish automatic performance. The low gear was low as well
for fairly quick starts. It was, sadly, just a three speed auto.

-----Original Message-----
From: L DC [mailto:ldc007usa at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 11:43 AM
To: John Lagnese; tyson at up-times.com; quattro at audifans.com
Subject: RE: 3650RPM at 80mph?

Low tranny gears??

That's the case in myy '87 VW QSW which does 4K RPMs @
80MPH on 5th gear. At first I thought something was
wrong, but found out that's the way it was built. 

The upside is that even at that speed, I'm able to
accelerate rather quickly (actually very quickly) to
overtake other vehicles in the highway, but the
downside is that is not very economical.

You should see the look on other passengers' faces
driving late model cars with auto trannys when they
get overtaken by my beat-up wagon. 

The exterior is really crappy and sorta of gettho
thanks to hurricane Wilma ('05) but the engine is just
a beauty to look at and listen to, following a top end
engine rebuilt followed by a complete engine high-temp
paint job with new rubber and seals.



John Lagnese <jlagnese at massed.net> wrote:

> That was a 92 Jetta and 90 Golf, both with a 1.8l.
> John
> -----Original Message-----
> From: quattro-bounces at audifans.com
> [mailto:quattro-bounces at audifans.com]
> On Behalf Of Tyson Varosyan
> Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 1:57 PM
> To: quattro at audifans.com
> Subject: 3650RPM at 80mph?
> Hey guys,
> My dad is out of town so I borrowed his car to take
> on a short road trip
> and
> was surprised to see that while cruising at about
> 80mph, the tach was at
> about 3650 RPM. This did not seem normal to me, as I
> am used to seeing
> about
> 2200 RPM on my car at that speed... Over about 350mi
> of road, the car
> did
> fine under these conditions, but burned a bit more
> gas than I expected.
> I
> started to think that maybe the tranny is not
> shifting into its' highest
> gear? Can someone tell me what RPM I should be
> seeing at 80 MPH?
> The car is a 95 A6Q 2.8l with Automatic Tranny.
> Tyson Varosyan
> Technical Manager, Uptime Technical Solutions LLC.
> tyson at up-times.com
> www.up-times.com
> 206-715-TECH (8324)
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