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My 1996 mx6 idle's at 500-600 rpm...is this normal? Does it matter?

Also, I find it strange that my car is at 3000 rpm on the freeway (100km/h) in 5th gear? My cousin has a Z24 (2.4 L 4 cyclinder) and his is at 2000 and he also has a 2000 maxima (3.2 L V6) and that's at 1500.
 

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Idle should be 650 +/-50 RPM.

The 3000RPM at 100KPH in 5th is correct. It's just the way the car is geared.
 

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Yep it's just the gearing htat Mazda used. you'll also notice that you can step on the gas and actually accelerate pretty quickly in 5th, while the other cars have to downshift to do the same. With a 7000 rpm redline there is no need to worry, I've run mine at 4500 rpm for 6 hours straight and the car loved it.
 
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of course, if your RPM's are higher, the more gas u burn...but, like mike said, 3000 in 5th at 100 kph is normal. the stock mx6 gears are made that way. you're rpms
(with a stock engine) should be half the speed you're at...i.e. 60 mph @ 3000, 70 @ 3500...
 

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I have a 93 2.0 I4:

3000 rpm in fifth gives me 120 km/h.
3000 rpm in fourth gives me 100 km/h.

Its an import from Germany, as they didnt sell them here
in Norway. One of 3 or 4 cars - creating quite a stirr!
I've only met one guy who actually knew what kind of car
it was :)

What Mazda thought about when they choose not to import it
I do not know. But I do know they let the Calibras, Celicas,
200ZXs and Preludes etc roam unhindered.

/Jon.
 

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Norseman said:
I have a 93 2.0 I4:

3000 rpm in fifth gives me 120 km/h.
3000 rpm in fourth gives me 100 km/h.
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Yes...I must remember that this board doesn't differentiate between 4 and 6 cylinder cars like that other board does.

The 4-banger will have different idle and RPM/speed ratios compared to the 6-cyl. Please consider my numbers to represent the V6 model.
 
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