Posted by Kenny on February 18, 1999 at 12:39:49:
In Reply to: Some people shouldn't own a BMW posted by Michael Shumacher on February 18, 1999 at 10:39:15:
and a good one.
You can place a car in neutral and coast. You will use up your brakes more but it's better than a tranny!
When downshifting as long as you downshift and the rpm gauge does not go beyond 3000 rpms (or so) then you should be fine. I find a little braking and settling at 2000 best for my driving.
If you are constantly downshifting and reving at 4000/5000 than expect your tranny to wear out faster. This is a FACT.
My mechanic saids when in doubt coast on neutral. Pads are always cheaper than replacing a transmissions.
Oh, and yes, my transmission when out about $120,000 miles ago (at 67,000) because the previous owner thought he was in the INDY 500. He kept very good maintanence on the tranny but was over indulging.
I have downshifted into 5000 rpms when doing 90 and seeing a cop enter the freeway. I try to avoid using my brake light to atttract attention and a stick is always helpful. I have never have gotten a speeding ticket (yet) in past decade.