Jump to content

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse

- - - - -

RPMs at 75mph

  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 Jackalope02


    New User

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Colorado Springs, CO

Posted 26 January 2004 - 09:57 PM

I am concerned about a '96 Outback that I recently purchased. It has the 2.5 with Automatic Trans. It runs at 3,000 RPM at 75mph. Is that normal? It seems a bit high, but this is my first Subaru. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


#2 Commuter


    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 1,857 posts
  • Niagara area, Ont Canada

Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:08 PM

Right on the mark...

I think I hover just under 3k, eg 2900 at that speed. 97 OB auto.

The gearing is kept a bit short on these cars since they really are a bit underpowered if you ask me. The higher revs give one a bit better pick up, but they still rate near the bottom of the pack for acceleration in their class. Decent torque though from the H4.


#3 1 Lucky Texan

1 Lucky Texan

    I read a lot about Subarus

  • Members
  • 6,688 posts
  • Texas

Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:09 PM

I think my '03 H6 is about the same.

#4 Jackalope02


    New User

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Colorado Springs, CO

Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:10 PM

Thanks! I was a bit worried that maybe the OD was gone.


#5 wrxsubaru


    1000+ Super USER!

  • Members
  • 1,294 posts
  • Seattle Washington US

Posted 26 January 2004 - 11:36 PM

A Geo traker is at around 4500 RPMs at 75mph thats short gearing.

#6 nickb21


    Subaru Fanatic!

  • Members
  • 565 posts
  • Hunterdon County

Posted 27 January 2004 - 12:32 AM

Think my 5spd OB pulls almost 3500 at 75mph, took a little getting used.. seems the rev's flatten out a bit too when you get up to 85 - 90.

#7 rcoaster


    H6 Power!

  • Members
  • 502 posts
  • Rochester, NY

Posted 27 January 2004 - 12:40 PM

You're right on the button. My 96 Outback revs at 3K while at 75 mph.

#8 mattocs


    Subaru Legacy Lover

  • Members
  • 1,312 posts
  • Pittsburgh

Posted 27 January 2004 - 12:56 PM

My 1995 Legacy (5 sp.) does 3k RPM @ 70MPH

#9 frag


    Soob shade tree mechanic

  • Members
  • 1,777 posts
  • Montréal, Québec, Can.

Posted 27 January 2004 - 01:42 PM

Mattocs, same with my 96 2.2L
But the engine does'nt sound busy at that rpm. Smooth...

#10 Commuter


    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 1,857 posts
  • Niagara area, Ont Canada

Posted 28 January 2004 - 04:55 PM

Originally posted by 1 Lucky Texan
I think my '03 H6 is about the same.

When I test drove an Outback VDC a couple years ago, I noticed that the revs were a bit lower. About 2500 rpm IIRC at 75 mph.

My wife's 99 Honda Odyssey with 3.5L V6 turns over at 2000 rpm at 75 mph. Gets about the same gas milage too as my 97 OB Phase I 2.5L engine.



#11 Setright


    Elite Master of the Subaru

  • Members
  • 3,176 posts
  • Denmark

Posted 30 January 2004 - 10:46 AM

These engines all have a shorter stroke compared to their bore. That translates to crummy low rev torque, which is why they need to pull such "high" revs.

It's also means that high revs are possible, like sticking with 1st 'til 6500rpm and staying in 2nd til 6000rpm. In the higher gears the torque drop off after 6000rpm becomes a problem and I usually shift around 5500rpm, which brings the revs back to the torque peak.

Of course this is only when I am hurrying :D

#12 WagonsOnly


    Now only WagonsMostly.

  • Members
  • 1,475 posts
  • North Central CT

Posted 30 January 2004 - 11:47 AM

Of course:D

My '99 Forester (Phase II 2.5) is around 3200 @ 75. But it's a 5-speed. (For some reason the 5-speeds are geared shorter than the 4EATs.) My mom's '82 GLF turns 4000 at 70--but that's with a 3-speed auto slushbox. So by comparison Subaru is getting better.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users