all the other corollas and prizms are like 2000 with the 4 speed. i figure it would take a while to break even in gas saved.
With the 1.6L and 4spd you'd be at ~2500 @ 60MPH, with the TC locked. Lately, in the cold, my OD won't kick in until the tranny warms up, until then I'm at ~3900 @ 60MPH.
Good thing in only lasts a minute or two...
1st and 2nd won't be longer in the 3 speed. Well, they might be but not because of the transmission gears being different. 3rd is a 1.00:1 just like 3rd in a 4-speed. It just lacks the 0.xx:1 overdrive.
The only reason they'd feel longer is because the final drive has been changed from say 4.10:1 to 3.53:1 to make up for the lack of overdrive. That would in turn make the same 2.8:1 and 1.5:1 seem higher. Lets play it out with a 4 speed auto having a 4.10 final drive vs a 3 speed with a 3.53
Not too far off on either extreme. The 3 speed can only work with what it has though and since the gears it does have are technically higher(transmission gear x final drive) than its 4 speed counterpart, it'll be slower.
3000-3500 in the 70-75 range isn't that bad. Most engines run ~50% of their red line at that speed.
The Tracker turns 3233 at 75mph with a 6500 red line.
But, the Rebel turns about 7500 at 75 and is at the 8500 red line by 83. Driving with that may have warped my idea of a high highway rpm. I plan on putting a tachometer on the bike so that will probably really shock me.