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Hey guys just an observation..

When doing 60-65mph my forester (4EAT) is sitting at 2.5k ish rpm.
Is this normal? I've driven several cars:
07 legacy, 09 yaris, 09 silverado, 05 buick rendezvous and they all seem to hold at 65mph below or slightly above 2k rpm.

(I was told by a Volkswagen mechanic that the 2.5L NA is not adequate for the size and gearing of the forester.)

Last weekend, on the way back from camping, I decided to experiment and for about a minute I ran the forester at about 100mph to see where the rpm would be.. it held pretty steady at 4.5k.

Is this normal for most NA foresters?
Note: I do have a bike roof rack on the passenger's side but I doubt it can cause a notable amount of drag.
 

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Hey guys just an observation..

When doing 60-65mph my forester (4EAT) is sitting at 2.5k ish rpm.
Is this normal?
That's what my '10 Limited does. I really miss an actual overdrive gear in the transmission though. Even after seven months, I still occasionally find myself waiting for the tranny to drop into OD. :evilatyou:
 
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It's geared this way because an NA 2.5 just doesn't have the torque to keep a steady 65mph up slight hills and against wind (keeping in mind the Forester has the aerodynamic qualities of a brick) at 2K RPM or below. On the 5MT revs are near the same.
 

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Its about 400 rpm for every 10 mph with the torque converter "locked up". If the converter were not "locked up" it would be maybe 2800/2900 at 60 mph.
 

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As others have said, TOTALLY normal...........once I reach 65, my revs are at or slightly above 2500 RPMs.

Usually, larger cars with bigger engines loaf at highway speeds. Smaller engines have to keep the revs up a bit higher so they can maintain or increase speed w/o the engine lagging......

Hard to believe that a Yaris or a Legacy could run at highway speeds with an engine revving that slowly.
 
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