Hi there everyone,
My wife and I own a 2004 Toyota Corolla, and she is very sensitive about the RPMs. We\'re safe drivers, and try to treat our car well so that it will last as long as possible.
Anyways, my question is really about the RPM\'s. We try not to do any hard acceleration, but my wife has nagged me about accelerating too hard when we merge on to the freeway. She thinks she has heard something along the lines of not going above 3,000 rpm, so whenever I go above that, it is trouble. My view is that the redline is around 8,000 rpm, and 3,000 isn\'t anywhere near that, so going above it should be no problem.
I think I hit 3,400 and she didn\'t like this. The transmission works fine and switches gears fine, so my concern is whether or not hitting 3,400 consistently when merging on the freeway should be a major issue. Is 3,400 a major concern? What high rpm other than redlining it should be a major concern for us?
Sorry for the simple question, but I have a little wager with the wife here and would really like to see what your viewpoint is. Thanks!